Definition of doyen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

doyen

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdɔɪən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔɪən//
 
(usually North American English dean)
 
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the most respected or most experienced member of a group or profession Richard Dawkins, the doyen of evolutionary biologists Word Origin late 17th cent.: via French from Old French deien, from late Latin decanus ‘chief of a group of ten’, from decem ‘ten’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: doyen