- the senior member, as in age, rank, or experience, of a group, class, profession, etc.
Origin of doyen
Related Words for doyenhead, ruler, chief, commander, director, manager, officer, connoisseur, guru, doctor, authority, genius, scientist, professional, artist, elder, pensioner, senior, professor, administrator
Examples from the Web for doyen
Historical Examples of doyen
It was a noble vintage, and the doyen grew eloquent over it.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
In those days the doyen of the fleet was Captain Samuel Blandford.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
He was, at the time of his death at the age of eighty years, the doyen of the trade.Printers' Marks
Doyen had scruples; but recommended Fragonard for the naughty business.Fragonard
The details of this doyen club will be found in its proper place, p. 99 et seq.Yachting Vol. 2
- the senior member of a group, profession, or society
Word Origin for doyen
early 15c., from Middle French doyen "commander of ten," from Old French deien (see dean).