Definition of dean
1a : the head of the chapter of a collegiate or cathedral churchb : a Roman Catholic priest who supervises one district of a diocese
2a : the head of a division, faculty, college, or school of a universityb : a college or secondary school administrator in charge of counseling and disciplining students
3 : doyen 1
deanshipplay \-ˌship\ noun
Examples of dean in a Sentence
She's the dean of the university's business school.
the dean of liberal arts
Recent Examples of dean from the Web
The groom’s mother is the dean of the State University of New York Delhi School of Nursing.
St. Cloud State University: Naperville resident Daniel William Mokrzycki, a marketing major, was named to the dean's list at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.
NORTH COUNTY Local students honored Jacob Davis of Del Mar made the fall dean’s list at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.
Education Dr. Velmarie Albertini has joined Palm Beach State College as the new dean of curriculum.
The number of people applying to law school has been dropping since 2010, according to data provided by LSAC, and some law school deans argue that accepting a more accessible test could help reverse that trend.
With Roman Harper and Evan Mathis not on current rosters, Gilberry is the dean of the former Alabama players in the NFL with 124 regular-season games on his record.
The dean did not get involved because the appeal lacked Grodner's signature.
The dean of Harvard's graduate school of education proposed five essential questions to always keep in mind on the path through life.
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Definition of Dean
Sir Patrick 1909–1994 British diplomat
DEAN Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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