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doy·en(doi-ĕn′, doi′ən, dwä-yăN′)
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)
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]