Definition of doyen in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdwɑːjã//ˈdɔɪən/


  • The most respected or prominent person in a particular field.

    ‘he became the doyen of British physicists’
    • ‘The respected man was ‘the doyen of football commentators’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scientifically, his respectful hagiography of the doyens of modern astro-physics - Einstein, Roemer, Planck - kept alive the questions of the universe they had formulated, and maintained a space for answers.’
    • ‘He remains the doyen of popular historians and biographers and in his latest title he has lost none of his ability to bring the past vividly to life for the general reader.’
    • ‘But the geological doyens were skeptical of the ideas of provincial field men.’
    • ‘Stand-up comedy is the medium from which the doyens of light entertainment are recruited in today's world of low-budget television.’
    • ‘We had lectures from the doyen of Canadian economic historians.’
    • ‘The news of the announcement from the Press Academy that it will honour five doyens of the profession has stirred up old memories.’
    • ‘And when it comes to playing music, the kids are raring to prove that they can be as serious as the doyens of classical music.’
    • ‘In their place let me suggest those doyens of classical economics Adam Smith and von Mises.’
    • ‘Above all, his writings and his leadership made him the undoubted doyen of British railway historians.’
    • ‘Madurai produced several doyens in different fields in the past and so it will in the years to come.’
    • ‘He is supposed to be the doyen of political commentators.’
    • ‘For the doyen of older press historians, older newspapers were like boroughs: rotten.’
    • ‘At 59, he is the doyen of UK experts on healthcare law and ethics.’
    • ‘The doyen of professional safari guides, he began his career in the bush as a teenage cadet ranger with Zimbabwe's National Parks Service.’
    • ‘He is the doyen of UK microbiologists and virologists.’
    • ‘‘He created catches out of thin air, like some Indian magician,’ said the doyen among the commentators.’
    • ‘He is a doyen of Middle East specialists in the western press elite.’
    genius, expert, master, master hand, artist, maestro, prodigy, marvel, adept, past master, specialist, skilled person, professional, authority, veteran
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Late 17th century: via French from Old French deien (see dean).