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Doyen and doyenne surnames derived from the French word doyen (doyenne in the feminine grammatical gender), which is the term for dean, e.g., Dean (religion) and Dean (education).

In the English language, the meaning of doyen (and the less common doyenne) has extended from the French definition to also refer to any senior member of a group,[1] particularly one whose knowledge or abilities exceed those of other members.



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