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Definition of dean noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 a person in a university who is in charge of a department of studies the dean of the Faculty of Medicine
  2. 2 a person who is responsible for the discipline of students in a college or university the dean of students
  3. 3 a priest who is in charge of several priests or churches in an area
  4. 4the most respected or most experienced member of a group or profession synonym doyen
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dean