[ doi-en; French dwa-yen ]
/ dɔɪˈɛn; French dwaˈyɛn /

noun, plural doy·ennes [doi-enz; French dwa-yen] /dɔɪˈɛnz; French dwaˈyɛn/.

a woman who is the senior member, as in age or rank, of a group, class, profession, etc.

Origin of doyenne

1900–05; < French, feminine of doyen doyen

Usage note

See -enne. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper