American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman who is the eldest or senior member of a group.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a female doyen.
- n. a woman who is the senior member of a group
- Borrowing from French. (Wiktionary)
- French, feminine of doyen, senior member; see doyen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Huffington Post's co-founder Arianna Huffington, is often described as the doyenne of the liberal political commentary in the United States and is a regular fixture on the cable TV news circuit opining on political news of the day.”
“Who actually thinks Andrea Mitchell is a "doyenne" of the left?”
“The "doyenne" of the fawning press corps was also shown going after President Reagan on the trumped-up "Iran-Contra" case.”
“Helen Thomas, Dean (or "doyenne") of the press corps, for the first time in several decades, was relegated to the third row and was not allowed to ask Bush a question (she's known to ask tough questions and would not play ball in the charade) 4.”
“Author John Tiffany sheds light on this fascinating doyenne in his new book, "Eleanor Lambert: Still Here.”
“Designer Christian Dior called Parker "the most beautiful woman in the world"; Eileen Ford, doyenne of modeling agents, once said of her: '' She was everybody's everything. '”
“In The Thorn Birds, Father Ralph is in unwilling thrall to rich Mary Carson, the doyenne of the region, on whom his hopes for a big donation to the Catholic church reside.”
“Of course, Martha, the gardener and doyenne of home-cooking, is a model of green and healthy living, so it was natural for "the environment" to be the theme of the show.”
“The garden is a war zone," the doyenne of landscape design averred.”
“On one evening, Kathleen held a dinner party for Pamela Harriman, then the great doyenne of Washington Democratic society.”
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