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doyen

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noun doy·en \ˈdȯi-ən, -ˌ(y)en; ˈdwä-ˌyaⁿ(n)\

Simple Definition of doyen

  • : a person who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular profession, subject, etc.

Full Definition of doyen

  1. 1 a :  the senior member of a body or group b :  a person considered to be knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in some field of endeavor

  2. 2 :  the oldest example of a category

Examples of doyen

  1. He is considered the doyen of political journalists.

  2. <considered the doyen of American art critics>



Origin of doyen

French, from Old French deien, from Late Latin decanus dean — more at dean


First Known Use: 1670


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