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[doi-en; French dwa-yen] /dɔɪˈɛn; French dwaˈyɛn/
noun, plural doyennes
[doi-enz; French dwa-yen] /dɔɪˈɛnz; French dwaˈyɛn/ (Show IPA)
a woman who is the senior member, as in age or rank, of a group, class, profession, etc.
Origin of doyenne
1900-05; < French, feminine of doyen doyen
Usage note
See -enne. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for doyenne

1905, from fem. of French doyen (see doyen). As a type of pear, from 1731.

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