noun, plural doy·ens [doi-enz, doi-enz; French dwa-yan] /dɔɪˈɛnz, ˈdɔɪ ɛnz; French dwaˈyɛ̃/.
Origin of doyen
Examples from the Web for doyen
The details of this doyen club will be found in its proper place, p. 99 et seq.
The Emperor made a suitable reply in Chinese which was translated by the Doyen's interpreter.Two Years in the Forbidden City|The Princess Der Ling
The doyen of the street is Mr. Henry R. Hill, whose two shops are at the extreme east end of the street.The Book-Hunter in London|William Roberts
So much was made of it that our doyen, M. Got, came to beg me not to make such a scandal, as it reflected on the Comdie Franaise.My Double Life|Sarah Bernhardt
It is therefore the doyen par excellence, and its rules and orders as carried out in its early days are original and entertaining.
British Dictionary definitions for doyen
Word Origin for doyen
Word Origin and History for doyen
early 15c., from Middle French doyen "commander of ten," from Old French deien (see dean).