- 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 definition of a dean is the head of a school department or church, or the senior member or expert of a group.
- 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 of deanMiddle English den ; from Old French deien, dean ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin decanus, chief of ten monks ; from LL(Ec), leader of ten ; from Classical Latin decem, ten
a masculine name
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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 of deanMiddle English deen, from Old French deien, from Late Latin dec&amacron;nus, chief of ten, from decem, ten, or from Greek dek&amacron;nos, chief of ten (from deka, ten); see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.
- A senior official in a college or university, who may be in charge of a division or faculty (for example, the dean of science) or have some other advisory or disciplinary function (for example, the dean of students).
- A dignitary or presiding officer in certain church bodies, especially an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop, in charge of a chapter of canon.
- The senior member of some group of people.
- (Sussex) a hill (chiefly place names).
- A title afforded to a dean.
- A habitational surname surname from Middle English dene "valley".
- A male given name derived from the surname or from the title.