: a woman who is a doyen

Examples of doyenne in a Sentence

the doyenne of the fashion industry
Recent Examples on the Web Those against her include the doyennes of the Palm Royale, played by Allison Janney, Leslie Bibb and the incomparable Julia Duffy. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 The coterie includes high society doyennes like Babe Paley, Slim Keith, Lee Radziwell, and C.Z. Guest, and the series follows them before, during, and after the fallout. Cady Lang, TIME, 2 Feb. 2024 Dion kicks it off, singing with trembling innocence about a romantic crisis, then Streisand enters, taking on the role of a wiser, stronger woman more experienced in such messes — a doyenne of love. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 Immediately following the museum party, close friends and collaborators of the museum made their way over to the Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel for a delightful cocktail party and dinner to celebrate the artistic doyenne. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2023 Fitzpatrick, a doyenne of Soviet historians, offers the lay reader a concise, chronological account of the Soviet Union premised on the notion that accidents, rather than inevitabilities, drive human history. Sheila Fitzpatrick, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2023 Some savory, others sweet, the freshest flavors of the harvest are magically transformed into bowls of refreshing coolness in Floridian pastels that would make Lilly Pulitzer, the legendary Miami Beach doyenne of bright floral fantasy frocks and golf togs, so proud. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 July 2021 Hilary Alexander, one of the original Fleet Street fashion journalists and former fashion director of The Daily Telegraph, who has died age 77, was a prolific reporter and writer who epitomised the fashion-loving, dizzy industry doyenne. Julia Robson, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2023 Best of all is X-Files legend Gillian Anderson, who plays his gelid, appraising wife, a doyenne of distinction who favors enormous, quivering bonnets and seriously inflated leg-o’-mutton sleeves. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 23 Dec. 2022

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Word History


French, feminine of doyen

First Known Use

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doyenne was circa 1897

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“Doyenne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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