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[doi-en, doi-uh n; French dwa-yan] /dɔɪˈɛn, ˈdɔɪ ən; French dwaˈyɛ̃/
noun, plural doyens
[doi-enz, doi-enz; French dwa-yan] /dɔɪˈɛnz, ˈdɔɪ ɛnz; French dwaˈyɛ̃/ (Show IPA)
the senior member, as in age, rank, or experience, of a group, class, profession, etc.
Origin of doyen
1665-75; < French; Old French deien < Latin decānus dean1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for doyen


/ˈdɔɪən; French dway/
the senior member of a group, profession, or society
Derived Forms
doyenne (dɔɪˈɛn; French) (dwajɛn) noun:feminine
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Late Latin decānus leader of a group of ten; see dean
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Word Origin and History for doyen

early 15c., from Middle French doyen "commander of ten," from Old French deien (see dean).

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