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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ Middleton-St-George, near Darlington, has been without a rector since Martin King left last summer to become rural dean of Sedgefield.
▪ David Young, head of engineering, becomes dean of faculty of technology.
▪ Middleton-St-George, near Darlington, has been without a rector since Martin King left last summer to become rural dean of Sedgefield.
▪ Think what a Nobel Prize would mean to Leominster! says the dean.
▪ Donahue was the dean of TV talk show hosts.
▪ A month later, he was forced to step down as dean of the dental department at the college.
▪ He was a fellow of the University of Bombay, and was elected dean of the faculty of engineering in 1879.
▪ I must follow up problem students with the deans or the guidance counselors.
▪ In his letter to the student the dean included his home telephone number.
▪ The dean himself was incredible in guiding me through some hard times.
▪ The only heaters to be found were in the teachers' lounge and individual offices of deans and ranking officials.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dean \Dean\, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See Ten, and cf. Decemvir.]

  1. A dignitary or presiding officer in certain ecclesiastical and lay bodies; esp., an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop.

    Dean of cathedral church, the chief officer of a chapter; he is an ecclesiastical magistrate next in degree to bishop, and has immediate charge of the cathedral and its estates.

    Dean of peculiars, a dean holding a preferment which has some peculiarity relative to spiritual superiors and the jurisdiction exercised in it. [Eng.]

    Rural dean, one having, under the bishop, the especial care and inspection of the clergy within certain parishes or districts of the diocese.

  2. The collegiate officer in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England, who, besides other duties, has regard to the moral condition of the college.

  3. The head or presiding officer in the faculty of some colleges or universities.

  4. A registrar or secretary of the faculty in a department of a college, as in a medical, or theological, or scientific department. [U.S.]

  5. The chief or senior of a company on occasion of ceremony; as, the dean of the diplomatic corps; -- so called by courtesy.

    Cardinal dean, the senior cardinal bishop of the college of cardinals at Rome.

    Dean and chapter, the legal corporation and governing body of a cathedral. It consists of the dean, who is chief, and his canons or prebendaries.

    Dean of arches, the lay judge of the court of arches.

    Dean of faculty, the president of an incorporation or barristers; specifically, the president of the incorporation of advocates in Edinburgh.

    Dean of guild, a magistrate of Scotch burghs, formerly, and still, in some burghs, chosen by the Guildry, whose duty is to superintend the erection of new buildings and see that they conform to the law.

    Dean of a monastery, Monastic dean, a monastic superior over ten monks.

    Dean's stall. See Decanal stall, under Decanal.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., from Old French deien (12c., Modern French doyen), from Late Latin decanus "head of a group of 10 monks in a monastery," from earlier secular meaning "commander of 10 soldiers" (which was extended to civil administrators in the late empire), from Greek dekanos, from deka "ten" (see ten). Replaced Old English teoðingealdor. College sense is from 1570s (in Latin from late 13c.).


n. 1 A title afforded to a dean. 2 (surname habitational from=Middle English dot=) surname from (etyl enm en) ''dene'' "valley". 3 (given name male from=surnames) derived from the surname or from the title.

  1. n. an administrator in charge of a division of a university or college

  2. United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure (1931-1955) [syn: James Dean, James Byron Dean]

  3. a man who is the senior member of a group; "he is the dean of foreign correspondents" [syn: doyen]

  4. (Roman Catholic Church) the head of the College of Cardinals

Dean, TX -- U.S. city in Texas
Population (2000): 341
Housing Units (2000): 136
Land area (2000): 2.141622 sq. miles (5.546776 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.001593 sq. miles (0.004127 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.143215 sq. miles (5.550903 sq. km)
FIPS code: 19456
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 33.928071 N, 98.379255 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dean, TX

Dean may refer to:

  • Dean (given name)
  • Dean (surname)
Dean (Christianity)

A dean, in a church context, is a cleric holding certain positions of authority within a religious hierarchy. The title is used mainly in the Anglican Communion, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Lutheran Church. A dean's deputy is called a subdean.

Dean (Middlesex cricketer)

Dean (dates unknown) was an English amateur cricketer who made 7 known appearances in first-class cricket matches from 1787 to 1790.

Dean (given name)

Dean is a male given name, sometimes used as a middle name.

  • A name originated from the Greek word "Decanos" which means "Monk or dignitary in charge of (10) others", and Latin word "Decanum" which means "Chief of a group of (10)".
  • The name "Dean" also means "valley" in the Old English language, and "law" in Hebrew.
  • "Dean" or also spelled "Deen" means "religion" or "the way of life" in Arabic.
Dean (education)

In academic administrations such as colleges or universities, a dean is the person with significant authority over a specific academic unit, or over a specific area of concern, or both. Deans are occasionally found in middle schools and high schools as well.

The term comes from the Latin decanus, "a leader of ten", taken from the medieval monasteries (particularly those following the Cluniac Reforms) which were often extremely large, with hundreds of monks (the size of a small college campus). The monks were organized into groups of ten for administrative purposes, along the lines of military platoons, headed by a senior monk, the decanus.

The term was later used to denote the head of a community of priests, as the chapter of a cathedral, or a section of a diocese (a "deanery").

When the universities grew out of the cathedral and monastery schools, the title of dean was used for officials with various administrative duties.

Dean (surname)

Dean is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Dean (Middlesex cricketer) ( fl. 1787–1790), amateur cricketer from Middlesex
  • Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean, harpist
  • Bashford Dean, American ornithologist
  • Brett Dean (born 1961), Australian composer
  • Charles Dean (died 1974), deceased brother of Howard Dean and Jim Dean
  • Christopher Dean, British figure skater
  • Dixie Dean, English footballer
  • Dizzy Dean (1910–1974), baseball pitcher
  • Eddie Dean (disambiguation), several people
  • Elton Dean, jazz musician
  • Everett Dean (1898–1993), American college sports coach
  • Gordon Dean (disambiguation), several people
  • Henry Clay Dean, American orator and author
  • Howard Dean, U.S. presidential candidate in 2004 elections
  • James Dean, American actor
  • Janet Dean, later Janet Dean Fodor, American professor of linguistics
  • Jim Dean (DFA), Chairman of Democracy for America
  • Joe Dean (1930–2013), American basketball player
  • John Dean, White House Counsel to President Richard M. Nixon and central Watergate figure
  • Julia Dean (stage actress) (1830–1868), stage actress
  • Julia Dean (actress) (1878–1952), stage and screen actress
  • Kevin Dean (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Lynn Dean, Louisiana politician
  • Mark Dean (swimmer), American swimmer
  • Mike Dean (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Nathan Dean (1934–2013), American businessman and politician
  • Nelson Dean, American baseball player
  • Norman Dean, footballer
  • Pap Dean, political cartoonist
  • Paul Dean (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Ralph Dean (born 1913), Canadian Anglican cleric
  • Reg Dean (1902–2013), British supercentenarian
  • Roger Dean (artist), album cover designer
  • Simon Dean, one of the stage names of Mike Bucci, World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler
  • Thomas Dean (1920–2004), English cricketer
  • Tony Dean (1932–2008), British racing driver
  • Winton Dean (1916–2013), English musicologist
Dean (South Korean singer)

Kwon Hyuk (; born November 10, 1992), better known by his stage name Dean, is a South Korean alternative R&B singer-songwriter and record producer. He has released one solo EP, 130 mood : TRBL, as well as multiple collaborations with both American and South Korean artists.

Dean (film)

Dean is an American independent film written and directed by Demetri Martin and produced by Honora Productions. The film stars Demetri Martin, Gillian Jacobs, and Kevin Kline.

Usage examples of "dean".

He is a professor of medicine and anesthesiology, former dean of the SUNY College of Medicine in Syracuse, New York.

She interested herself on behalf of the monk, and offered me to give him a letter of introduction for Augsburg Canon Bassi, of Bologna, who was Dean of St.

In the March following I had a letter from the good Dean Bassi, in which he told me how Balbi had run away, taking with him one of his servant girls, a sum of money, a gold watch, and a dozen silver spoons and forks.

Ken, after pitching to Dean for a while, batted to the infield and so had opportunity to see the improvement.

MacIlargie was beerily describing how he and Dean had fought their way out of the cell Marston St.

Constance Calenda, the daughter of Salvator Calenda, who had been dean of the faculty of medicine at Salerno about 1415, and afterwards dean of the faculty at Naples.

Tuesday of Holy Week, the Dean of the Sacred College appeared on the balcony of Saint John-in-Exile and promised a turbulent mob of jeering people that the conclave would begin as soon as 398 cardinals were present.

Cubertson, who had been chairlady of the Young Republicans, and Elliot Dean had been political rivals, but without rancor.

Whaddayamean Dean broke into one of his numerous drunken crying jags at choir practice after hearing of the ultimate fate of Clyde Percy, Roscoe Rules called him a nigger lover and said the old cocksucker probably wanted to go back to Camarillo in the first place just to molest the little dummies.

She could hear Dean Folan and Will Danza plodding along behind her, and wondered how they were getting on with their horses.

Dean Folan dismounted behind her, leaving Will Danza sitting on his horse, keeping watch from his elevated vantage point.

Deans, who variously gasp, wring hands, loosen neckties, waggle digits in C.

His name was Dean Eggars, and he was the same dancer Charlie had held the unprecedented audition for a few weeks earlier.

Can you really believe that our Dean would neglect the supervision of this teeming, troublesome dominion, to go wandering to and fro in the world, tempting and soliciting and signing Faustian contracts?

Big Barb herself, one of the largest, most foulmouthed women Joe Dean could imagine.