dean

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noun \ ˈdēn \

Definition of dean

1 a :the head of the chapter of a collegiate or cathedral church
b :a Roman Catholic priest who supervises one district of a diocese
2 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
3 :doyen 1

dean

intransitive verb

deanship

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Examples of dean in a Sentence

  1. She's the dean of the university's business school.

  2. the dean of liberal arts

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Origin and Etymology 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


Dean

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biographical name \ ˈdēn \

Definition of Dean

Sir Patrick 1909–1994 British diplomat

DEAN Defined for English Language Learners

dean

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noun

Definition of dean for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DEAN Defined for Kids

dean

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noun \ ˈdēn \

Definition of dean for Students

1 :a church official in charge of a cathedral
2 :the head of a section (as a college) of a university
  • the dean of the medical school
3 :an official in charge of students or studies in a school or college
  • the dean of women


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