dean

noun
\ ˈdēn How to pronounce dean (audio) \

Definition of dean

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Dean

biographical name
\ ˈdēn How to pronounce Dean (audio) \

Definition of Dean (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir Patrick 1909–1994 British diplomat

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Other Words from dean

Noun

dean intransitive verb
deanship \ -​ˌship How to pronounce deanship (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dean

Synonyms: Noun

doyen, elder, elder statesman, éminence grise, nestor, senior

Antonyms: Noun

baby, junior

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Examples of dean in a Sentence

Noun

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

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Among those exposed are national lawmakers, one federal and many regional ministers, university presidents and deans, and other prominent public figures. Maria Danilova, Fox News, "Crackdown feared as Russian grad school faces govt penalty," 22 July 2018 Paige's great-grandfather, Arthur Richard Choppin, was dean of the College of Physics and Chemistry from 1944 to 1968, and an LSU chemistry building bears his name. Lsu Manship School News Service, NOLA.com, "TOPS uncertainty in budget leading Louisiana high school grads out of state," 14 Mar. 2018 Prior to appearing on the hit competition show, Tim spent many years in the world of academia, working as associate dean and then Fashion Department Chair at Parsons School of Design. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Where Is Tim Gunn From 'Project Runway'? This Is the Real Reason He Left the Show," 14 Mar. 2019 Stefan Michel is professor of Marketing and Service Management at IMD, and dean of IMD’s Executive MBA Program. Michael Wade, Fortune, "Why YouTube’s Attempt at a New Music Service Will Fall Flat," 21 May 2018 Creating such standards for capturing and sharing huge troves of data, such as medical records, could lead to breakthroughs in medical diagnosis and treatment, said Tom Mitchell, interim dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science school. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Trump calls for investment in artificial intelligence, but lack of details troubles some," 11 Feb. 2019 The workshop features three co-hosts: Paul Wooster, who is SpaceX's principal Mars development engineer; Margarita Marinova, senior Mars development engineer; and Bobby Braun, dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science at CU Boulder. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX organizes inaugural conference to plan landings on Mars," 6 Aug. 2018 The center is part of UCSD’s mission as a non-profit public institution, said Dr. James McKerrow, dean of UCSD’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "UCSD steps up fight against tropical parasitical diseases," 4 July 2018 Now, as dean of Pepperdine University School of Law, Mr. Caron oversees seven LLM programs, a master of dispute resolution, an online master of legal studies and several certificates. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required)," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dean

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dean

Noun

Middle English deen, from Anglo-French deen, deien, from Late Latin decanus chief of ten, from Greek dekanos, from deka ten — more at ten

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dean

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dean

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

dean

noun
\ ˈdēn How to pronounce dean (audio) \

Kids Definition of dean

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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