noun (plural deaneries)
1British The group of parishes presided over by a rural dean.
- The country of Luxembourg is covered by one diocese that contains 13 deaneries and 265 parishes in total.
- To bring our parish in line with other parishes in our deanery all anniversary Masses for the week will be celebrated together at 7.30 pm on Friday evenings only.
- Priests and representatives representing eight parishes in the Kildare deanery were in attendance.
2The official residence of a dean.
- In the months after being suspended Dean Methuen has remained at the deanery and received full pay for doing nothing.
- Or these meetings could have been held in the huge deanery.
- The dean, a former church commissioner and one-time chaplain at Eton, has been suspended from duty since last September but remains on full pay of £28,000 and continues to live at the spacious deanery which is only yards from the cathedral.
2.1The position or office of a dean.
- In 1621 Donne procured the deanery of St Paul's.
- The Puseyite Dr Arabin succeeds to the deanery and marries Mrs Bold, while Mrs Proudie sees to it that Slope is dismissed from his chaplaincy.
- Richard Chenevix Trench, who succeeded to the deanery on the death of Dr. Buckland, in 1856, is a nephew of the first Lord Ashtown, in the Irish peerage.
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