Main definitions of dean in English

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noun

  • 1The head of the chapter of a cathedral or collegiate church.

    • ‘The famous cathedral's dean directly oversees an organization of more than 70 people, including clergy, program staff and administrators.’
    • ‘What I believe that most New Zealanders feel is what the dean of Auckland cathedral wrote today: that New Zealand retained its integrity as a nation.’
    • ‘Cathedral deans, like vicars, enjoy freehold and therefore cannot be removed from office unless convicted of a serious offence in the secular or ecclesiastical courts.’
    • ‘A diocesan insider said: ‘They have come to the conclusion that the only way that peace can break out at the cathedral is for the dean to resign.’’
    • ‘But after private talks, it was announced the dean would leave Ripon Cathedral by the end of the year.’
    • ‘The plans are being led by the church's vicar, Canon Derek Jackson, a former dean of Bradford Cathedral.’
    • ‘One of the duties of the dean of Christ Church is to preach the annual Christmas sermon.’
    • ‘Some of the little children he knew and loved best at Oxford were the daughters of Henry Liddell, the dean of Christ Church.’
    • ‘In his letter to parishioners the bishop said deans had been instructed to work with priests and congregations to ‘implement a development framework’ throughout the diocese.’
    • ‘‘There is no better job in the Church of England than being dean of a cathedral,’ she said.’
    • ‘The statutes governing most English cathedrals give the dean and chapter together a considerable degree of independence from episcopal control.’
    • ‘Now the dean and chapter of the cathedral has withdrawn its backing, after strong objections by residents.’
    • ‘He always said that he was a priest first and a dean second.’
    • ‘But he later appeared to change his tune and in a carefully-prepared statement spoke of his ‘commitment’ to the dean and chapter - and indicted that he might not quit after all.’
    • ‘He will work with the dean and chapter to develop the Minster's resources and help to increase its funding revenue.’
    • ‘Poor people could not always afford candles, and one of the cathedral deans, Andrew Kilkenny, came to their rescue with a benefaction.’
    • ‘The mother of two was installed as the new dean of historic Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire at a ceremony attended by members of the Church of England hierarchy.’
    • ‘Education was one of his main passions and it was due to the dean that the cathedral was used for adult education courses.’
    • ‘Samuel Crossman was a priest in Bristol, and at his death dean of that city's cathedral.’
    • ‘Stuart was also the painter of choice for ecclesiastical portraiture and painted countless bishops and deans of the Anglican church.’
    1. 1.1British A member of the clergy exercising supervision over a group of parochial clergy within a division of an archdeaconry.
      • ‘When Jane Hedges, a rural dean in Devon, arrives at Westminster in January she will break a male-only tradition stretching back 1,000 years.’
      • ‘There are other important people in the diocese who have to be there too, such as the archdeacons and rural deans.’
      • ‘St David's was built for the Rev Gilbert Holmes, the Protestant dean of Ardfert and a member of the prominent local Holmes family, who had arrived in 1728.’
      • ‘From 1988 to 1997 he was vicar of St Mary's, Eastbourne, and rural dean of Eastbourne.’
      • ‘He also served a term as rural dean of Skipton.’
      • ‘The rural dean is appointed by the bishop to act as a channel of communication between himself and the clergy of the parishes which make up his deanery.’
      • ‘The rural dean also attempted to visit Mrs Kendall but his car broke down.’
      • ‘Reverend Sharon Jones became our first woman Area Dean in a service at St Thomas Pendleton.’
      • ‘In 1072, with the aim of promoting ecclesiastical discipline, he ordered bishops to appoint first archdeacons - again following Norman practice - and then rural deans.’
      • ‘The wife of the Bishop, of the Archdeacon and of the Area Dean should be invited individually so that seats can be reserved for them.’
      • ‘She is being made an honorary canon in recognition of her hospital work and will take over as rural dean of South Craven in February.’
  • 2The head of a university faculty or department or of a medical school.

    • ‘He was formerly assistant dean of students and director of residence life at Delaware Valley College.’
    • ‘"We have an appointment tomorrow with the dean of engineering at UCLA, " my father said.’
    • ‘In 1988 he was appointed dean of the faculty of physics and technology at the St. Petersburg Technical University.’
    • ‘These types of concerns can stymie department chairs, deans, and provosts interested in creating and implementing policies to help parents.’
    • ‘University administrators established the priorities following extensive discussions by faculty, department chairs, deans and other unit leaders.’
    • ‘Thereafter, I was kept busy as a teacher, departmental administrator, faculty dean, researcher and author of historical books and articles.’
    • ‘In addition, deans may give some departments more salary dollars than others.’
    • ‘He is the dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science and holds a professorship in the Department of Computer Science.’
    • ‘Gordon Nelson, former dean of the faculty of environmental studies, is one of the principal founders of this initiative.’
    • ‘As to the first event, the letter from the President of the University seeks from its deans and department heads a statement of vision for their respective schools and departments.’
    • ‘The undergraduate dean of Sheffield University's medical school, Steve Peters, described him as ‘the ideal student’.’
    • ‘Both divisions are headed by academic deans, and they share resources and faculty.’
    • ‘As clinical enterprises have fallen on harder times, many deans and department heads argue that they can no longer afford to support this kind of research.’
    • ‘Li is a surgeon and a former dean of the faculty of medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.’
    • ‘The revenue from those patents goes both to the two inventors and to their universities' deans, department chiefs, and many others.’
    • ‘Gordon was also a major figure in university life, serving two terms as dean of the medical faculty, one term as vice principal, and on many committees.’
    • ‘From 1984 to 1986, she was also part time dean of the medical faculty.’
    • ‘He is also an associate dean of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine.’
    • ‘In 1917, he was appointed dean of the college of letters at Beijing University.’
    • ‘An economics graduate with a master's in political economy, he resigned as a faculty dean at the University of Malaya to enter politics.’
    faculty head, department head, head of faculty, head of department, college head, provost, university official
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    1. 2.1 (in a college or university, especially Oxford or Cambridge) a senior member of a college, with disciplinary and advisory functions.
      • ‘Bill Michael is the university's assistant vice president for student life and associate dean of the college.’
      • ‘They will hear the case, then make a recommendation to the dean of students, who will make a decision.’
      • ‘‘We'll notify the dean of Embry College about the situation and send officers to patrol the campus,’ Detective Jacobs said.’
      • ‘The college dean subsequently emailed students expressing his great alarm at their dangerous actions.’
      • ‘His sister's married to the son of a head dean at Oxford University.’
      • ‘The responsibility for the day-to-day enforcement of each school's disciplinary code falls to the dean's office.’
      • ‘The students enter a dean's office far too casually, and throw themselves and their belongings about rather too imperiously.’
      • ‘She went on to work in university positions, eventually becoming the first dean of women students at the University of California, Berkeley.’
      • ‘Years later, Wilkins finds herself at a two-year college, not as a student, but as a dean at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta.’
      • ‘The postgraduate deans have been encouraging good induction arrangements for junior grades for several years.’
      • ‘The students argued that the dean's action violated their First Amendment rights.’
      • ‘The data on teacher referrals of students to the dean of students' office showed some interesting patterns.’
      • ‘She came to The University of Chicago from Wellesley College to become the dean of women.’
      • ‘A few weeks later the postgraduate dean approved me for the flexible careers scheme.’
      • ‘There were only two or three deans to address disciplinary issues, and a lone patrolman stood watch in the lobby of the school.’
      • ‘In addition, a new policy required that all fraternity parties be registered with the dean of student's office and the campus police, who provide on-site security.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French deien, from late Latin decanus ‘chief of a group of ten’, from decem ‘ten’. Compare with doyen.

Pronunciation

dean

/diːn/

Main definitions of dean in English

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dean2

noun

  • variant spelling of dene