Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who is the eldest or senior member of a group.

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  • n. A female doyen.
  • n. The senior, or eldest female member of a group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a female doyen.

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  • n. a woman who is the senior member of a group

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, feminine of doyen, senior member; see doyen.

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Borrowing from French.

Examples

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    December 30, 2007

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    January 4, 2007