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Examples of doyen in a Sentence
He is considered the doyen of political journalists.
considered the doyen of American art critics
Recent Examples of doyen from the Web
The doyen of Labour’s energy policy is not Clement Attlee, the prime minister who nationalised Britain’s fractured array of public and private energy suppliers.
The fashion doyen returns the favor, dominating the film with his sheer force of personality.
Six years later, Douthat, a columnist for this newspaper, has become the successor to the conservative Catholic doyen William F. Buckley Jr. (who once took him sailing — and skinny-dipping — on Long Island Sound).
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Andrei Kolesnikov as a former doyen of the Kremlin press pool.
Trump and Leo built an unlikely alliance that would benefit both the politician and the legal doyen.
Kositza has become the face and voice of the publishing house, reviewing books and promoting Antaios’s new releases on her YouTube channel, while Kubitschek is one of its ideological doyens.
The Causal Diamond Bousso first encountered the measure problem in the 1990s as a graduate student working with Stephen Hawking, the doyen of black hole physics.
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Did You Know?
English picked up "doyen" from French in the 17th century. The French term in turn comes from the Late Latin word decanus, which itself comes from the Greek dekanos, meaning "chief of ten." A "doyen" can be a leader of a group, such as a diplomatic corps. In this regard, the word has been used to refer to someone who is specifically or tacitly allowed to speak for that group. More broadly, a "doyen" refers to a highly skilled and respected veteran of a particular field. The feminine form of "doyen" is "doyenne."
DOYEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of doyen for English Language Learners
: a person who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular profession, subject, etc.
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