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

In the English language, its meaning has extended to refer to any senior member of a group,[1] particularly one whose knowledge or abilities exceed that of other members.

Doyen may refer to:



  • Doyen (horse) - race horse ranked 3rd in 2004 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings, sired by Sadler's Wells (horse)
  • La Doyenne - one of the classic cycle races
  • Doyen class attack transport - World War II United States Navy ships named for US Marine Corps generals
  • USS Doyen - United States Navy ships named for Charles A. Doyen
  • Doyen's retractor - one of the instruments used in Surgery
  • Doyen - the name of a piece of music written for Brass Band by Goff Richards
  • Doyen Verlag, imprint of VDM Publishing
  • Doyen Resources, a recruitment agency in London, UK