noun, plural doy·ennes [doi-enz; French dwa-yen] /dɔɪˈɛnz; French dwaˈyɛn/.
Origin of doyenne
Examples from the Web for doyenne
As eight of her novels are republished, we salute a doyenne of literary fiction whose work juxtaposes tragedy and comedy.
As Democratic doyenne Pamela Harriman once put it, "he's not entirely housebroken."
This presents both a new work and pieces chosen from her 40-year career as the doyenne of performance art.
Not in 2005, when his mother, once the doyenne of Park Avenue, could by nearly all accounts no longer even remember his name.
This week, Liz Smith, the doyenne of gossip columnists, was fired after more than 30 years of writing for New York newspapers.
Our "Doyenne," Countess Karolyi, was superb—also with magnificent jewels.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife|Mary King Waddington
When I reached home I changed my dress and drove to the house of the "suffering" doyenne.
The doyenne stood by the door which led into the Throne Room through which she was to enter.
This one was a Doyenne du Comice, the most delicious kind of all.More Trivia|Logan Pearsall Smith
She did not seem in the least surprised at seeing me alone; possibly the doyenne had written her own account of the headache.
Word Origin and History for doyenne
1905, from fem. of French doyen (see doyen). As a type of pear, from 1731.