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Definitions of dean

  1. United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure (1931-1955) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an administrator in charge of a division of a university or college Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (Roman Catholic) the head of the College of Cardinals Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a man who is the senior member of a group; "he is the dean of foreign correspondents" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (Roman Catholic Church) the head of the College of Cardinals Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. A dignitary or presiding officer in certain ecclesiastical and lay bodies; esp., an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The collegiate officer in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England, who, besides other duties, has regard to the moral condition of the college. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The head or presiding officer in the faculty of some colleges or universities. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A registrar or secretary of the faculty in a department of a college, as in a medical, or theological, or scientific department. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The chief or senior of a company on occasion of ceremony; as, the dean of the diplomatic corps; - so called by courtesy. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The head of a group of clergy in cathedral and collegiate churches; the member of a college faculty who supervises, or looks after, the students; the administrative officer of a college or university next below the president; the oldest member, by reason of service, in a body of men of a certain profession. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. A dignitary in cathedral and collegiate churches who presides over the other clergy: a priest who presides at local synods: the president of the faculty in a college. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. An ecclesiastical dignitary; president of a collegiate faculty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. The chief office of a cathedral; an executive officer of a college. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. The second dignitary of a diocese; an officer in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge appointed to see to the discipline of the college, especially as to attendance at chapel and hall; the chief or head of a faculty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. The chief or senior of a company on occasion of ceremony; as, the dean of the diplomatic corps; -- so called by courtesy. mso.anu.edu.au
  18. In English ecclesiastical law. An ecclesiastical dignitary who presides over the chapter of a cathedral, and is next in rank to the bishop. So callcd from having been originally appointed to superintend ten canons or prebendaries. 1 Bl. Comm. 382; Co. Litt. 95; Spelman. There are several kinds of deans, namely; Deans of chapters; deans of peculiars; rural deans; deans iu the colleges; honorary deans; deans of provinces. thelawdictionary.org
  19. The chief or senior of a company on occasion of ceremony; as, the dean of the diplomatic corps; so called by courtesy. dictgcide_fs
  20. d[=e]n, n. a small valley.--Also DENE. [A.S. denu, a valley. Cf. DEN.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. d[=e]n, n. a dignitary in cathedral and collegiate churches who presides over the other clergy: the president of faculty in a college; the chief chaplain of the Chapel Royal: the chief judge of the Court of Arches: the president of a trade-guild.--ns. DEAN'ERY, the office of a dean: a dean's house; DEAN'SHIP, the office or dignity of a dean.--DEAN OF ARCHES, dean of the Court of Arches (see ARCH); DEAN OF FACULTY, president of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland: DEAN OF GUILD, a municipal functionary in Scotland, who has authority over building and altering of houses.--RURAL DEAN, one who, under the bishop, has the special care and inspection of the clergy in certain parishes. [O. Fr. deien (Fr. doyen)--Low L. decanus, a chief of ten--L. decem, ten.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Head of cathedral or collegiate-church chapter; (also rural d.) clergyman invested with jurisdiction or precedence over division of archdeaconry; (colleges) resident fellow, or one of several, with disciplinary& other functions; (foreign, Scotch, & modern universities) president of a faculty; =DOYNE. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. Vale (esp. in names ending in -dean, -dene, -den). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. n. [Latin] An ecclesiastical dignitary in cathedral and collegiate churches;—the head of a college;—president in an ecclesiastical court. Cabinet Dictionary
  25. The second dignitary of a diocese. Complete Dictionary

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