noun \ˈdēn\

: a person who is in charge of one of the parts of a university (such as a college or school)

: a person whose job is to give advice to the students in a college or high school and to make sure that they obey the school's rules

: a person who has more experience in or knowledge about a particular profession, subject, etc., than anyone or almost anyone

Full Definition of DEAN

a :  the head of the chapter of a collegiate or cathedral church
b :  a Roman Catholic priest who supervises one district of a diocese
a :  the head of a division, faculty, college, or school of a university
b :  a college or secondary school administrator in charge of counseling and disciplining students
:  doyen 1
dean intransitive verb
dean·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of DEAN

  1. She's the dean of the university's business school.
  2. the dean of liberal arts

Origin of DEAN

Middle English deen, from Anglo-French deen, deien, from Late Latin decanus chief of ten, from Greek dekanos, from deka ten — more at ten
First Known Use: 13th century


biographical name \ˈdēn\

Definition of DEAN

Sir Patrick 1909–1994 British diplomat


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