dean
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /diːn/
  • IPA: [dĩːn], enPR: dēn (Can we verify([Wiktionary:Tea_room/2020/Agosto?action=edit§ion=new&preloadtitle=%5B%5Bdean%5D%5D +]) this pronunciation?)
Noun

dean (plural deans)

  1. A senior official in a college or university, who may be in charge of a division or faculty (for example, the dean of science) or have some other advisory or disciplinary function (for example, the dean of students).
  2. A dignitary or presiding officer in certain church bodies, especially an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop, in charge of a chapter of canons.
  3. The senior member of some group of people.
    dean of the diplomatic corps - a country's most senior ambassador
    dean of the House - the longest-serving member of a legislature
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "The Next Witness", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 67:
      All of the switchboard operators had been parties to it, including Marie Willis. Their dean, Alice Hart, collected […]
Synonyms
  • (Head of cathedral chapter) provost
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Italian: decano
  • Portuguese: deão, decano
  • Russian: благочи́нный
  • Spanish: deán
Translations Verb

dean (deans, present participle deaning; past and past participle deaned)

  1. (intransitive, rare) To serve as a dean.
  2. (transitive, rare, informal) To send (a student) to see the dean of a university.
Noun

dean (plural deans)

  1. (Sussex, chiefly in place names) A hill.

Dean
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A title afforded to a dean.
  2. Surname from Middle English dene “valley”.
  3. A male given name or derived from the title.
  4. Any of various villages and hamlets in England.
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