Definition of doyenne in English:

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Pronunciation: /doiˈ(y)en/


A woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field: she’s the doyenne of daytime TV
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  • But if she became a doyenne in her chosen field, she never quite lost touch with her love affair with the opposite end of the lens.
  • She talks to the former doyenne of daytime TV about her comeback.
  • She has become the doyenne of historical fiction in this country.


Mid 19th century: from French, feminine of doyen (see doyen).

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Syllabification: doy·enne

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