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



BrE BrE//dɔɪˈen//
; NAmE NAmE//dɔɪˈen//
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the most respected or most experienced woman member of a group or profession Martha Graham, the doyenne of American modern dance Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French, feminine of doyen from Old French deien, from late Latin decanus ‘chief of a group of ten’, from decem ‘ten’.
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