Definition of decanal in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈkeɪn(ə)l//ˈdɛk(ə)n(ə)l/


  • 1Relating to a dean or deanery.

    • ‘He said that if the warning was ignored the College would consider using decanal action to ‘protect the lives’ of students.’
    • ‘While these may or may not sound credible, the immense difficulty of sustaining a long-term relationship if your partner is unable to stay in college accommodation without decanal permission, is real and tangible.’
    • ‘In academe women's presence is scarce at decanal levels and higher.’
    • ‘Oliver Wilson, a third-year New College Law finalist, has received a decanal summons to explain why he sent what university regulations classify as an ‘abusive email’.’
    • ‘Like presidents, they return less often to the faculty after their decanal service ends, instead using their deanships as a step upward in an administrative career.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting the south side of the choir of a church, the side on which the dean sits.
      The opposite of cantorial


Early 18th century: from medieval Latin decanalis, from late Latin decanus (see dean).