The definition of a dean is the head of a school department or church, or the senior member or expert of a group.noun
- An example of a dean is the head of a college of arts and sciences at a university.
- An example of a dean is the expert in the field of anthrax; the dean of anthrax research.
- the presiding official of a cathedral or collegiate church
- R.C.Ch. a priest chosen by his bishop to supervise a number of parishes within the diocese
- ☆ an official of a school, college, or university, esp. one in charge of students, faculty, or a division of studies
- the senior member of a particular group
- an experienced and preeminent member of a group: the dean of American poets
Origin: ME den < OFr deien, dean < LL(Ec) decanus, chief of ten monks < LL(Ec), leader of ten < L decem, ten
- deanship noun
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- a. An administrative officer in charge of a college, faculty, or division in a university.b. An officer of a college or high school who counsels students and supervises the enforcement of rules.
- Ecclesiastical The head of the chapter of canons governing a cathedral or collegiate church.
- Roman Catholic Church A priest appointed to oversee a group of parishes within a diocese.
- The senior member of a body or group: the dean of the Washington diplomatic corps.
Origin: Middle English deen, from Old French deien, from Late Latin decānus, chief of ten, from decem, ten, or from Greek dekānos, chief of ten (from deka, ten); see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.
- deanˈshipˌ noun
, James Byron 1931-1955.
, Jay Hanna Known as “Dizzy.” 1911-1974.