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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The doyenne of the Kardashian family has made her children household names and commands an army of fans who follow her every move on social media and television. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "“Menopause is a Bitch” and 6 More Life Lessons from Kris Jenner’s Forces of Fashion Talk," 12 Oct. 2018 Many of these images were published in Vogue, which tracked Jayne’s arc from preternaturally elegant newlywed to revered society doyenne and connoisseur. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 She's been a grunge angel, a dolly bird, a latter-day Warhol superstar, a preppy gone bad, an award-winning Hollywood actress and a crush-worthy girl in the crowd at Bowery Ballroom, the doyenne of downtown and a nice Connecticut girl. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Still Got It," 3 Oct. 2013 Getty Images Unconventional domestic doyenne Amy Sedaris recently showed off her quirky cute new line for Fishs Eddy on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Colleen Egan, ELLE Decor, "Jimmy Fallon Calls Amy Sedaris's New Line "Super Cute": See It Yourself!," 26 Aug. 2014 And sure to grace many holiday cookie plates this year are the dessert doyenne Dorie Greenspan’s famous World Peace Cookies. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Along with the adornments themselves, a selection of sculptures, paintings, prints and photographs celebrates jewelry on the human body, from a dancing deity made in 12th-century India to Josephine Baker, doyenne of 1920s Paris nightlife. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Bling Through the Ages," 1 Nov. 2018 But Anatomy, a short game by indie horror doyenne Kitty Horrorshow, offers the best of both worlds: an experience where the haunted house is the body, and you are tasked with moving inch by unsettling inch through its innermost parts. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 And just last year, the lifestyle doyenne hired the Home Edit to organize her pantry and children’s playroom, among other rooms. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Has Gwyneth Paltrow’s Secret Hamptons Wedding Been Torpedoed?," 20 June 2018

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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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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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