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[doi-en; French dwa-yen]
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noun, plural doy·ennes [doi-enz; French dwa-yen] /dɔɪˈɛnz; French dwaˈyɛn/.
  1. a woman who is the senior member, as in age or rank, of a group, class, profession, etc.
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Origin of doyenne

1900–05; < French, feminine of doyen doyen

Usage note

See -enne.
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Word Origin and History for doyenne

1905, from fem. of French doyen (see doyen). As a type of pear, from 1731.

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