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
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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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The first known use of doyenne was circa 1897

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22 Jul 2021

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“Doyenne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doyenne

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

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