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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The chapter on formidable Vineyard doyenne and Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham is the most charming in the book, positively luminous with nostalgic affection.
Shut out of New York high society, on account of their being Jewish, the sisters made the most of their ostracism by becoming doyennes of liberty.
Edna Lewis, the doyenne of American Southern cooking, taught that listening to a cake is the best way to know when it’s done.
Ms. Hollingworth, the undisputed doyenne of war correspondents, who died on Tuesday in Hong Kong at 105, was less than a week into her first job, as a reporter for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, on that windy day in 1939.
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Origin and Etymology of doyenne
French, feminine of doyen
First Known Use: circa 1897See Words from the same year
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Definition of doyenne for English Language Learners
: a woman who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular profession, subject, etc.
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