Definition of doyenne in US English:

doyenne

noun

  • A woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field.

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

Mid 19th century: from French, feminine of doyen (see doyen).

Pronunciation

doyenne

/doiˈ(y)en//dɔɪˈ(j)ɛn/