UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'dean', 'Dean': /diːn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/din/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(dēn)

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dean1 /din/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Educationan official in a college, esp. the head of faculty, or one in charge of students, etc.
  2. Religionan official in charge of a church or a diocese.
  3. the senior member, in length of service, of a profession, etc.:the dean of American composers.

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dean1  (dēn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Education
    • the head of a faculty, school, or administrative division in a university or college:the dean of admissions.
    • an official in an American college or secondary school having charge of student personnel services, such as counseling or discipline:the dean of men.
    • Educationthe official in charge of undergraduate students at an English university.
  2. Religion[Eccles.]
    • the head of the chapter of a cathedral or a collegiate church.
    • Also called  vicar forane. a priest in the Roman Catholic Church appointed by a bishop to take care of the affairs of a division of a diocese.
  3. the senior member, in length of service, of any group, organization, profession, etc.:the dean of lexicographers.
deanship, n. 
  • Late Latin decānus chief of ten, equivalent. to Latin dec(em) ten + -ānus -an
  • Anglo-French deen, dean, Old French deien
  • Middle English deen 1300–50

dean2  (dēn),USA pronunciation n. [Brit.]
  1. British Termsdene.

Dean  (dēn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalJames (Byron), 1931–55, U.S. actor.
  2. Place Names, BiographicalJay Hanna ("Dizzy''), 1911–74, U.S. baseball pitcher.
  3. a male given name: from the Old English family name meaning "valley.''

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dean /diːn/ n
  1. the chief administrative official of a college or university faculty
  2. (at Oxford and Cambridge universities) a college fellow with responsibility for undergraduate discipline
  3. chiefly the head of a chapter of canons and administrator of a cathedral or collegiate church
  4. the cardinal bishop senior by consecration and head of the college of cardinals
    Related adjective(s): decanal

    See also rural dean
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French deien, from Late Latin decānus one set over ten persons, from Latin decem ten
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dene  (dēn),USA pronunciation n. [Brit.]
  1. British Termsa bare, sandy tract or low sand hill near the sea.
Also,  dean. 
  • 1815–20; earlier den, in same sense, Middle English (in phrase den and strond); perh. to be identified with Middle English dene, Old English denu, dænu valley

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Dean /diːn/ n
  1. Forest of Deana forest in W England, in Gloucestershire, between the Rivers Severn and Wye: formerly a royal hunting ground
Dean /diːn/ n
  1. Christopher. See Torvill and Dean
  2. James (Byron). 1931–55, US film actor, who became a cult figure; his films include East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause (both 1955). He died in a car crash
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dene, dean /diːn/ n
  1. Brit a valley, esp one that is narrow and wooded
Etymology: Old English denu valley; see den
dene, dean /diːn/ n
  1. dialect chiefly Southern English a sandy stretch of land or dune near the sea
Etymology: 13th Century: probably related to Old English dūn hill; see down³
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Collocations: is the [college, university, institute] dean, is the dean of the [faculty, department, university], the dean of [students, graduates], more...

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