Meaning of dean


Pronunciation: (dēn), [key]
— n.
  1. the dean of admissions.
    1. the head of a faculty, school, or administrative division in a university or college:the dean of admissions.
    2. an official in an American college or secondary school having charge of student personnel services, such as counseling or discipline:the dean of men.
    3. the official in charge of undergraduate students at an English university.
    1. the head of the chapter of a cathedral or a collegiate church.
    2. Also calledvicar forane.a priest in the Roman Catholic Church appointed by a bishop to take care of the affairs of a division of a diocese.
  2. the senior member, in length of service, of any group, organization, profession, etc.: the dean of lexicographers.


Pronunciation: (dēn), [key]
— n. Brit.
  1. dene.


Pronunciation: (dēn), [key]
— n.
  1. 1931–55, U.S. actor.
  2. (“Dizzy”), 1911–74, U.S. baseball pitcher.
  3. a male given name: from the Old English family name meaning “valley.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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