doyen

doyen

[doi-en, doi-uhn; French dwa-yan]
noun, plural doyens [doi-enz, doi-enz; French dwa-yan] .
the senior member, as in age, rank, or experience, of a group, class, profession, etc.

Origin:
1665–75; < French; Old French deien < Latin decānus dean1

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doyen (ˈdɔɪən, French dway)
 
n
the senior member of a group, profession, or society
 
[C17: from French, from Late Latin decānus leader of a group of ten; see dean]
 
doyenne
 
fem n

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doyen
early 15c., from M.Fr. doyen "commander of ten," from O.Fr. deien (see dean).
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