: a woman who is a doyen

Example Sentences

the doyenne of the fashion industry
Recent Examples on the Web Imelda Staunton, a doyenne of stage and screen so accomplished that her list of awards has its own lengthy Wikipedia page, seemed a solid choice to portray the monarch in her golden years. Time, 5 Nov. 2022 The McQueen atelier finds inspiration from all pockets of the world, from sea anemones to storm clouds, but sometimes, as the Hollywood doyenne shows, all roads lead back to home. Alice Newbold, Glamour, 7 Sep. 2022 Her principal teacher was Lola Bravo, a doyenne of Spanish dance who also believed in the importance of classical ballet; Ms. Ramirez went on to study with Ballets Russes ballerina Alexandra Danilova. Joel Lobenthal, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2022 It was sold at the 1887 auction for 42,000 francs to the jeweler Emile Schlesinger, who acquired it for Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, the doyenne of New York society. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 26 Sep. 2022 Michael’s professional life is largely devoted to finding the perfect home for a society doyenne played by Marcia Gay Harden, assisted by his colleague played by Tisha Campbell. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 27 July 2022 Sullivan, then 53, had invited leading female executives and A-list donors from the area — such as Washington doyenne Sandy Bobb and former Xerox executive Debbie Warren — to rally around a cause that seemed perfectly suited to the moment. Alicia Mundy, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2022 Varney’s legacy is owed, in large part, to Dorothy Draper, a doyenne of American decorating, who welcomed him to the Dorothy Draper & Co. design team on East 57th Street in Manhattan in the early 1960s. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 15 July 2022 Seven senior figures of the Ukrainian film industry, including 84-year-old doyenne Ada Rogovtseva, have spoken out against the Russian invasion of their country and have joined the numerous calls for a boycott of Russian culture. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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