Main definitions of dean in English

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noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Samuel Crossman was a priest in Bristol, and at his death dean of that city's cathedral.’
    • ‘The statutes governing most English cathedrals give the dean and chapter together a considerable degree of independence from episcopal control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now the dean and chapter of the cathedral has withdrawn its backing, after strong objections by residents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the duties of the dean of Christ Church is to preach the annual Christmas sermon.’
    • ‘The famous cathedral's dean directly oversees an organization of more than 70 people, including clergy, program staff and administrators.’
    • ‘He will work with the dean and chapter to develop the Minster's resources and help to increase its funding revenue.’
    • ‘Education was one of his main passions and it was due to the dean that the cathedral was used for adult education courses.’
    • ‘He always said that he was a priest first and a dean second.’
    • ‘Stuart was also the painter of choice for ecclesiastical portraiture and painted countless bishops and deans of the Anglican church.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Some of the little children he knew and loved best at Oxford were the daughters of Henry Liddell, the dean of Christ Church.’
    • ‘Poor people could not always afford candles, and one of the cathedral deans, Andrew Kilkenny, came to their rescue with a benefaction.’
    • ‘‘There is no better job in the Church of England than being dean of a cathedral,’ she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1British A member of the clergy exercising supervision over a group of parochial clergy within a division of an archdeaconry.
      • ‘In 1072, with the aim of promoting ecclesiastical discipline, he ordered bishops to appoint first archdeacons - again following Norman practice - and then rural deans.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are other important people in the diocese who have to be there too, such as the archdeacons and rural deans.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He also served a term as rural dean of Skipton.’
      • ‘Reverend Sharon Jones became our first woman Area Dean in a service at St Thomas Pendleton.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The rural dean also attempted to visit Mrs Kendall but his car broke down.’
      • ‘From 1988 to 1997 he was vicar of St Mary's, Eastbourne, and rural dean of Eastbourne.’
  • 2The head of a university faculty or department or of a medical school.

    • ‘In 1988 he was appointed dean of the faculty of physics and technology at the St. Petersburg Technical University.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Li is a surgeon and a former dean of the faculty of medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.’
    • ‘University administrators established the priorities following extensive discussions by faculty, department chairs, deans and other unit leaders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thereafter, I was kept busy as a teacher, departmental administrator, faculty dean, researcher and author of historical books and articles.’
    • ‘Both divisions are headed by academic deans, and they share resources and faculty.’
    • ‘"We have an appointment tomorrow with the dean of engineering at UCLA, " my father said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1917, he was appointed dean of the college of letters at Beijing University.’
    • ‘He is also an associate dean of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine.’
    • ‘From 1984 to 1986, she was also part time dean of the medical faculty.’
    • ‘The undergraduate dean of Sheffield University's medical school, Steve Peters, described him as ‘the ideal student’.’
    • ‘He is the dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science and holds a professorship in the Department of Computer Science.’
    • ‘These types of concerns can stymie department chairs, deans, and provosts interested in creating and implementing policies to help parents.’
    • ‘Gordon Nelson, former dean of the faculty of environmental studies, is one of the principal founders of this initiative.’
    • ‘In addition, deans may give some departments more salary dollars than others.’
    • ‘He was formerly assistant dean of students and director of residence life at Delaware Valley College.’
    • ‘An economics graduate with a master's in political economy, he resigned as a faculty dean at the University of Malaya to enter politics.’
    • ‘The revenue from those patents goes both to the two inventors and to their universities' deans, department chiefs, and many others.’
    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.
      • ‘The responsibility for the day-to-day enforcement of each school's disciplinary code falls to the dean's office.’
      • ‘‘We'll notify the dean of Embry College about the situation and send officers to patrol the campus,’ Detective Jacobs said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The college dean subsequently emailed students expressing his great alarm at their dangerous actions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The students enter a dean's office far too casually, and throw themselves and their belongings about rather too imperiously.’
      • ‘The students argued that the dean's action violated their First Amendment rights.’
      • ‘His sister's married to the son of a head dean at Oxford University.’
      • ‘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 data on teacher referrals of students to the dean of students' office showed some interesting patterns.’
      • ‘The postgraduate deans have been encouraging good induction arrangements for junior grades for several years.’
      • ‘She went on to work in university positions, eventually becoming the first dean of women students at the University of California, Berkeley.’

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