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 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 : the oldest example of a category
Examples of doyen
He is considered the doyen of political journalists.
<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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