Definitions of dean

  1. United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure ( 1931- 1955)
  2. an administrator in charge of a division of a university or college
  3. ( Roman Catholic) the head of the College of Cardinals
  4. a man who is the senior member of a group; " he is the dean of foreign correspondents"
  5. ( Roman Catholic Church) the head of the College of Cardinals
  6. The collegiate officer in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England, who, besides other duties, has regard to the moral condition of the college.
  7. The head or presiding officer in the faculty of some colleges or universities.
  8. A registrar or secretary of the faculty in a department of a college, as in a medical, or theological, or scientific department.
  9. The chief or senior of a company on occasion of ceremony; as, the dean of the diplomatic corps; - so called by courtesy.
  10. The head of a group of clergy in cathedral and collegiate churches; the member of a college faculty who supervises, or looks after, the students; the administrative officer of a college or university next below the president; the oldest member, by reason of service, in a body of men of a certain profession.
  11. A dignitary in cathedral and collegiate churches who presides over the other clergy: a priest who presides at local synods: the president of the faculty in a college.
  12. An ecclesiastical dignitary; president of a collegiate faculty.
  13. The chief office of a cathedral; an executive officer of a college.
  14. An ecclesiastical dignitary in cathedral and collegiate churches, and the head of a chapter; an officer in each college of the English universities; the head of a faculty in a university. Dean and chapter, a bishop's council to aid him with their advice in the spiritual and temporal concerns of his see. Rural dean, one who has the ordering of ecclesiastical affairs in a remote part of a diocese. Dean of guild, in Scotland, originally the head of a guildry, and, as such, a member of the municipality of a royal burgh, now a magistrate whose duty it is to see to the security of buildings, & c. The dean of faculty, the head of the faculty of advocates in Scotland.
  15. The second dignitary of a diocese; an officer in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge appointed to see to the discipline of the college, especially as to attendance at chapel and hall; the chief or head of a faculty.

Usage examples for dean

  1. Your dean of studies holds he was a holy Roman. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  2. My object was not to borrow money, but to explain why Jim Dean shot at you. – Lord Stranleigh Abroad by Robert Barr
  3. " I heard them say he was at the Dean last night. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  4. And then they all stood up, the dean standing also before his tribune, and a deep- toned murmur went round the circle. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  5. This work he undertook and completed with great success, remaining Dean of the Cornell Law School for seven years. – The University of Michigan by Wilfred Shaw
  6. It was in the woods- near Stone Dean- where they were seen. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  7. " Of course you haven't," said the Dean. – When A Man's A Man by Harold Bell Wright
  8. Dean Street's just round the corner- 'tis number twenty. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  9. I said that you knew him; and that he lived at the old house at Stone Dean. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  10. His name is Richard Dean. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  11. " You bet we do," said Dean. – Lord Stranleigh Abroad by Robert Barr
  12. " Let us ask Mrs. Dean. – Ted Marsh on an Important Mission by Elmer Sherwood
  13. " I am sorry," he said again, when she rose, " sorry-" " It is nothing," said Mrs. Dean, quietly. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  14. The dean expressed satisfaction, but the poet replied, " No, no, the sense is not complete." – The Story of Our Hymns by Ernest Edwin Ryden
  15. Also gave evidence before the parliamentary Committee of 1857. For some years master of the Stationers' School in England and Dean of the College of Preceptors. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  16. Better than a mirage, is it not, Miss Dean? – Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders on the Great American Desert by Jessie Graham Flower
  17. The dean must have known all about it?" – Christian's Mistake by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  18. The details were worked out with the frank contempt for possibility which characterizes some of the famous suggestions of Dean Swift. – Hyacinth 1906 by George A. Birmingham