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doy·en

 (doi-ĕn′, doi′ən, dwä-yăN′)
n.
A man who is the eldest or senior member of a group.

[Probably French, from Old French doien, from Late Latin decānus, chief of ten; see dean.]

doyen

(ˈdɔɪən; French dway)
n
the senior member of a group, profession, or society
[C17: from French, from Late Latin decānus leader of a group of ten; see dean]
doyenne fem n

doy•en

(dɔɪˈɛn, ˈdɔɪ ən; Fr. dwaˈyɛ̃)

n., pl. doy•ens (dɔɪˈɛnz, ˈdɔɪ ɛnz; Fr. dwaˈyɛ̃)
the senior member, as in age or experience, of a group, profession, etc.
[1665–75; < French; Old French deien < Latin decānus dean]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.doyen - a man who is the senior member of a groupdoyen - a man who is the senior member of a group; "he is the dean of foreign correspondents"
elder, senior - a person who is older than you are
Translations
سرکرده

doyen

[ˈdɔɪən] Ndecano m

doyen

[ˈdɔɪən ˈdɔɪɛn] n (= respected figure) → doyen m
the doyen of → le doyen de

doyen

nNestor m; (of diplomatic corps)Doyen m

doyen

[ˈdɔɪən] n the doyen of (frm) → il decano di
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Raffles regarded me with that tantalizing smile of his which might mean nothing, yet which often meant so much; and in a flash I was convinced that our most jealous enemy and dangerous rival, the doyen of an older school, had paid him yet another visit.
Old Doyen, the sculptor, was the first to approach them.
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From Godolphin, who might conceivably be labelled the doyens of international racing, emerged a colt who could one day rank among their very best after he captured his first Group 1 victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.