The dean of the Washington diplomatic corps.
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 dean of American poets.
Other Word Forms
Origin of dean
- 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) dekm̥ in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition