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doy·enne

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

[French, feminine of doyen, senior member; see doyen.]
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doy•enne

(dɔɪˈɛn; Fr. dwaˈyɛn)

n., pl. doy•ennes (dɔɪˈɛnz; Fr. dwaˈyɛn)
a woman who is the senior member of a group, profession, etc.
[1900–05; < French, feminine of doyen doyen]
usage: See -enne.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.doyenne - a woman who is the senior member of a group
elder, senior - a person who is older than you are
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Translations

doyenne

[ˈdɔɪen] Ndecana f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

doyenne

[dɔɪˈɛn] n (= respected figure) → doyenne f
the doyenne of → la doyenne de
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

doyenne

nNestorin f; (of diplomatic corps)Doyenne f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

doyenne

[dɔɪˈɛn] n the doyenne of (frm) → la decana di
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La juge en chef et les juges puines de la Cour supreme du Canada, les doyennes des sections respectives de common law et de droit civil, le corps professoral et la population etudiante sont convies a cette reception.
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This is the biggest event of its kind in the North-West, attracting doyennes of drag from far and wide.