doyenne

doyenne

[doi-en; French dwa-yen]
noun, plural doyennes [doi-enz; French dwa-yen] .
a woman who is the senior member, as in age or rank, of a group, class, profession, etc.

Origin:
1900–05; < French, feminine of doyen doyen


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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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doyenne
1905, from Fr. fem. of doyen (see doyen).
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