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 \ ˈdēn-​ˌship How to pronounce Dean (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dean

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rachel Kyte is dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 McDermott was the dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy when Popovich was an undergraduate in the late 1960s. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021 Cruzado, born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, left the U.S. territory to be dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. NBC news, 15 Sep. 2021 Bay is dean of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Marc Malkin, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 That message is out of date, said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021 That means the Delta variant is estimated to be two to three times more contagious than the original virus first seen in Wuhan, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said via email. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 14 July 2021 Biden’s measures should help, but what’s really needed is a change in mindset for many people, said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Zeke Miller, Chron, 10 Sep. 2021 Biden's measures should help, but what's really needed is a change in mindset for many people, said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 10 Sep. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dean. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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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