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Definition of dean:

  1. An ecclesiastical dignitary in cathedral and collegiate churches, and the head of a chapter; an officer in each college of the English universities; the head of a faculty in a university. Dean and chapter, a bishop's council to aid him with their advice in the spiritual and temporal concerns of his see. Rural dean, one who has the ordering of ecclesiastical affairs in a remote part of a diocese. Dean of guild, in Scotland, originally the head of a guildry, and, as such, a member of the municipality of a royal burgh, now a magistrate whose duty it is to see to the security of buildings, & c. The dean of faculty, the head of the faculty of advocates in Scotland.

Common misspellings for dean:

dea, deanry, daen, deen, dena, deam, decan, dean, dan.

Dean \dean\

Meaning:
valley; church official
Origin:
English
Details:
Dean as a boy's name is pronounced deen. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dean is "valley; church official". Place name, or occupational name signifying a church official or the head of a school. The name also means "law" in Hebrew. Actors Dean Cain; Dean Martin; American Secretaries of State Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk.
Meaning:
Doan, Dan, Den, Deon.
Variants:
Dino, Deane, Deen, Dene, Deyn.

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Examples of usage for dean:

  1. From the writings of Dean Stanley.
  2. Those in attendance, not understanding the state of affairs, took the request in good faith, believing that it was the real Dean of Exeter addressing them.
  3. Church, Dean of St. Paul's.

Quotes for dean:

  1. When I was a child, I had posters of James Dean in my room. I was a big admirer of his work and was fascinated by him living on the edge. Looking back, my life was kind of the same. - Boris Becker
  2. Around 5th and 6th grade I thought Dean Martin was the coolest guy in the world; he was a great singer, had his own television show and acted in movies. - Peter Gallagher
  3. A lot of Democrats are not that upset with Howard Dean. Howard Dean gets out here and he says these inflammatory things, and he doesn't apologize. He doesn't back down a little bit. - Gwen Ifill
  4. Folks who are getting their strokes in the South are not as unhappy with Howard Dean. You don't see anybody starting any movement to get him out of office. - Gwen Ifill
  5. It wasn't until I saw James Dean that I began to think that maybe I could actually do this. Movies didn't have to be just this fantasy with this impossibly handsome guy. - Terence Stamp

Rhymes for dean:

  1. agin, aileen, aldin, aleen, alene, ameen, amin, ardeen, arleen, baleen, benzene, between, caffeine, canteen, careen, carleen, casein, cathleen, celine, charleen, charlene, charline, chretien, christine, citrine, claudine, clymene, coleen, colleen, convene, corinne, crimean, cuisine, demean, deneen, doreen, eighteen, eileen, eugene, feldene, fifteen, foreseen, fourteen, francine, georgine, helene, ireene, irene, janine, jeanine, joaquin, jolene, justine, kathleen, killeen, kristine, lamine, latrine, laureen, laurene, levine, lorene, lurleen, machine, marcin, marine, marleen, marleene, martine, maureen, maxine, medin, moline, moreen, myrlene, nadine, nineteen, noreen, obscene, onscreen, pauline, philene, preteen, racine, ravine, sabine, salin, saline, sardine, sarene, seguin, selene, serene, sharleen, shirleen, sistine, sixteen, slovene, sunscreen, thirteen, umpteen, unclean, unseen, vaccine, wileen.
  2. aquamarine, mujahedeen, mujahideen.
  3. augustin, benyamin, bernadine, figurine, gelatine, geraldine, hallowe'en, halloween, intervene, madelene, propylene, reconvene, seventeen, smithereen, submarine, tambourine, tangerine, trampoline, unforeseen, valentin, wolverine.
  4. bean, breen, cian, clean, deane, deen, frean, freen, gean, gene, glean, green, greene, haen, jean, jeane, jeanne, kean, keane, keen, keene, lean, leen, lene, lien, mclean, mean, meine, mien, nene, plein, preen, queen, scene, screen, seen, sheen, skene, spleen, steen, teen, treen, wean, wein, wien.
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