Definition of doyenne in English:



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

    ‘she became a doyenne of the London Irish music scene’
    • ‘She is executive director of the Institute for New Media Studies and the doyenne of digital storytelling.’
    • ‘She has become the doyenne of historical fiction in this country.’
    • ‘She laments that she will no longer be the doyenne of Boston society that she once was.’
    • ‘She is, undoubtedly, the doyenne of Irish actresses.’
    • ‘She talks to the former doyenne of daytime TV about her comeback.’
    • ‘The doyenne of British ethicists made the case for separating the twins.’
    • ‘‘I think [she] dresses badly,’ the doyenne of Paris fashion told The Daily Telegraph.’
    • ‘On a recent survey of how well-known companies respond to their electronic messages, the domestic doyenne turned mega-entrepreneur failed miserably.’
    • ‘This is their first professional outing to Edinburgh, which they hoped, in part, to finance through donations from the doyennes of British crime drama.’
    • ‘The doyennes of television are head to head in the competition to present the books programme for the soon-to-be-launched digital channel.’
    • ‘The doyenne of method acting was quoted as saying, ‘I've worked with a lot of people, but you've got real potential.’’
    • ‘The doyenne of New Zealand letters, and a woman especially respected for her success in combining sound historical scholarship with writing for children, turned eighty-five.’
    • ‘It has just finished screening a series about the launch of a new magazine company by the doyenne of women's glossies.’
    • ‘The project's director is a doyenne of progressive-education pedagogy in America.’
    • ‘Come downtown to see the doyenne of easy listening.’
    • ‘Once tailor made for the doyennes of chic, high-fashion magazines served up haute couture that only an elite few could actually afford.’
    • ‘The doyenne of Mexican cooking speaks on the simplest of staples.’
    • ‘The title track is unashamedly in the mould of the current doyennes of the mainstream.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even being surrounded by noisy, bustling society doyennes can't disturb the older woman's serene charm.’
    doyenne, star, leading light, celebrity, big name, superstar, top dog, queen bee, mistress, prima donna, idol, heroine, favourite, darling
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Mid 19th century: from French, feminine of doyen (see doyen).