Etymology
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doyen (n.)

"a dean, the senior member of a body," originally "a commander of ten," early 15c., from Old French doyen "commander of ten," from Old French deien (see dean).

updated on October 04, 2018

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Definitions of doyen from WordNet

doyen (n.)
a man who is the senior member of a group;
Synonyms: dean
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