doy·​enne | \ dȯi-ˈ(y)en How to pronounce doyenne (audio) , dwä-ˈyen How to pronounce doyenne (audio) \

Definition of doyenne

: a woman who is a doyen

Examples of doyenne in a Sentence

the doyenne of the fashion industry
Recent Examples on the Web Lee Radziwill, the society doyenne and style icon who ruled over American elegance with a taut chignon and perfect taste for half a century has died, WWD has reported. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Lee Radziwill Is Dead at 85," 16 Feb. 2019 The character’s an imposing doyenne of London’s upper crust who finds her fate upended when a buried family secret bubbles up in the most unexpected of ways. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Belgravia Star Harriet Walter is TV's Favorite Grande Dame," 12 Apr. 2020 Marc and Denise divorced in 1996; Denise won a $365 million settlement and is now a doyenne of New York society and big contributor to Democratic politicians. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Lessons from a fugitive: what the tangled tale of Marc Rich tells us about Carlos Ghosn," 17 Jan. 2020 He and his siblings ate pizza and pasta with their grandmother, Princess Isabelle, who was for decades a leading doyenne in Roman society, in a dining room wallpapered in sumptuous red silk. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Palazzo Colonna, Rome's Last Great Sanctuary of Renaissance Splendor," 24 Sep. 2019 Shake up the ennui this year with a silicon spatula bearing an illustration of Giggy, the beloved dog of Lisa Vanderpump, the reality-television doyenne and magnificent restaurateur, drawn by Ms. Vanderpump herself. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies: From Murderous Mermaid Salt to Lamps Made Out of Croissants," 12 Dec. 2019 As dairy is the doyenne of the Dolomites, fragrant wedges of local Stelvio, Piave, Fodom and Bastardo del Grappa (accompanied by housemade jams) were essential to the antipasti course. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "Hut Skiing in the Dolomites: Storybook Scenery and Grappa Included," 25 Nov. 2019 Amy Goldman, the doyenne of the heirloom seed movement, may be the best melon grower east (or west) of the Mississippi. Washington Post, "Flood followed by drought equals a good year for melons," 5 Nov. 2019 After seventy-five years in business, Sy Presten Associates has been virtually shuttered by one e-mail from Cindy Adams, the Post’s gossip doyenne. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Gossipeuse to Press Agent: Drop Dead!," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of doyenne

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doyenne

French, feminine of doyen

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“Doyenne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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

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