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doyenne

Are you a phenomenal baker, famous for your delicious homemade treats? Then you can call yourself the doyenne of cupcakes. A doyenne is an undisputed expert at something.

Since 1905, doyenne has been used to mean "leading or senior woman in a group or society," from the French doyen, "senior member." While you can refer to any elder as a doyenne (like the leader of your Girl Scout troop), these days it's most commonly used for someone who's considered one of the most respected in a field. Oprah Winfrey has been called the doyenne of daytime TV more than once in her life.

Definitions of doyenne
  1. noun
    a woman who is the most experienced, skilled, or respected person in some field
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    type of:
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  2. noun
    a woman who is the senior member of a group
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    type of:
    elder, senior
    a person who is older than you are
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