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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dean(noun)

    an administrator in charge of a division of a university or college

  2. Dean, James Dean, James Byron Dean(noun)

    United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure (1931-1955)

  3. dean, doyen(noun)

    a man who is the senior member of a group

    "he is the dean of foreign correspondents"

  4. dean(noun)

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


  1. dean(Noun)

    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. dean(Noun)

    a dignitary or presiding officer in certain church bodies, especially an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop, in charge of a chapter of canon

  3. dean(Noun)

    the senior member of some group of people

  4. dean(Noun)

    a hill (chiefly place names).

  5. Dean(ProperNoun)

    A title afforded to a dean.

  6. Dean(ProperNoun)

    surname from dene "valley".

  7. Dean(ProperNoun)

    derived from the surname or from the title.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dean(noun)

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

  2. Dean(noun)

    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. Dean(noun)

    the head or presiding officer in the faculty of some colleges or universities

  4. Dean(noun)

    a registrar or secretary of the faculty in a department of a college, as in a medical, or theological, or scientific department

  5. Dean(noun)

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

  6. Origin: [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. Dean

    In academic administrations such as universities or colleges, 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 which were often extremely large, with hundreds of monks. 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. When the universities grew out of the cathedral and monastery schools, the title of dean was used for officials with various administrative duties.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dean' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4809

Anagrams for dean »

  1. Dane

  2. Edna

  3. Aden

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Gage:

    The office of Dean Skelos was never for sale.

  2. Joe E. Lewis:

    I don't drink any more than the man next to me, and the man next to me is Dean Martin.

  3. Tim Breedlove:

    It was indicative of the man Dean Smith was, it's one more example of his thoughtfulness.

  4. Frank Snepp:

    Ambassador Dean never had( President Richard) Nixon's or Kissinger's support because both of them wanted out of Indochina.

  5. Harry Vincent:

    Dean Robinson believes I am somehow damaged – she thinks there’s something wrong with me because of what I put out there on social media.

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