Definition of dean noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//diːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//diːn//
    Religious people, University people
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  1. 1 (in the Anglican Church) a priest of high rank who is in charge of the other priests in a cathedral See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2 (also rural dean) (British English) a priest who is in charge of the priests of several churches in an area
  3. 3a person in a university who is in charge of a department of studies the dean of the Faculty of Medicine He was appointed dean of the faculty of theology at London University. See related entries: University people
  4. 4(in a college or university, especially at Oxford or Cambridge) a person who is responsible for the discipline of students See related entries: University people
  5. 5(North American English) = doyen
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French deien, from late Latin decanus ‘chief of a group of ten’, from decem ‘ten’. Compare with doyen.
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