Definition of doyen in English:

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Pronunciation: /doiˈ(y)en/ /ˈdôyən/


The most respected or prominent person in a particular field: the doyen of Canadian poetry
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  • Madurai produced several doyens in different fields in the past and so it will in the years to come.
  • This May will see the seventh edition of the music festival, once again bringing doyens of the field to the Capital.
  • Then a doyen of the field turned up with a costume, wand and scent.


Late 17th century: via French from Old French deien (see dean1).

Words that rhyme with doyen

Illinoisan, Iroquoian

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Syllabification: doy·en

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