Definition of “doyen” - English Dictionary


“doyen” in English

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doyennoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈdɔɪ.en/ /dwaɪˈen/ us /ˈdɔɪ.en/ /dwaɪˈen/

Examples from literature

  • Francis had now succeeded to Louis, Charles to both his grandfathers, and Henry at twenty-eight was the doyen of the princes of Europe. 
  • He was the doyen among the diplomats in Brussels, and a little indulgence was shown to him. 

(Definition of “doyen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)