Dean meaning

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The definition of a dean is the head of a school department or church, or the senior member or expert of a group.

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.

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The head of the chapter of canons governing a cathedral or collegiate church.
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A priest appointed to oversee a group of parishes within a diocese.
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The senior member of a body or group.

The dean of the Washington diplomatic corps.

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An official of a school, college, or university, esp. one in charge of students, faculty, or a division of studies.
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A masculine name.
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1931-55; U.S. film actor.
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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).
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A dignitary or presiding officer in certain church bodies, especially an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop, in charge of a chapter of canon.
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The senior member of some group of people.

Dean of the diplomatic corps - a country's most senior ambassador.

Dean of the House - the longest-serving member of a legislature.

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(Sussex) A hill (chiefly place names).
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A title afforded to a dean.
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A habitational surname​ surname from Middle English dene "valley".
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A male given name derived from the surname or from the title.
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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

  • From Anglo-Norman deen < Old French deien < Latin decānus.

    From Wiktionary