There are 2 main definitions of dean in English:

dean1

Syllabification: dean
Pronunciation: /dēn
 
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noun

1The head of a college or university faculty or department: the dean of the law school
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  • The revenue from those patents goes both to the two inventors and to their universities' deans, department chiefs, and many others.
  • Gordon was also a major figure in university life, serving two terms as dean of the medical faculty, one term as vice principal, and on many committees.
  • As to the first event, the letter from the President of the University seeks from its deans and department heads a statement of vision for their respective schools and departments.
Synonyms
faculty head, department head, college head, provost, university official;
1.1A college or university official, especially one with disciplinary and advisory functions: the dean of students
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  • His sister's married to the son of a head dean at Oxford University.
  • The college dean subsequently emailed students expressing his great alarm at their dangerous actions.
  • Bill Michael is the university's assistant vice president for student life and associate dean of the college.
1.2The leader or senior member of a group: the dean of California winemakers
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  • He is a soldier's soldier, dean of diplomats, potential politician, and soon to be private citizen.
  • ‘We're not out of the woods,’ says David Brower, 87, dean of America's modern environmental movement.
  • Red Smith, a graduate of Notre Dame, is considered by many to be the dean of baseball writers.
Synonyms
doyen/doyenne, elder statesman, grande dame, grand old man, veteran
2The head of the chapter of a cathedral or collegiate church.
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  • The statutes governing most English cathedrals give the dean and chapter together a considerable degree of independence from episcopal control.
  • Now the dean and chapter of the cathedral has withdrawn its backing, after strong objections by residents.
  • The plans are being led by the church's vicar, Canon Derek Jackson, a former dean of Bradford Cathedral.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French deien, from late Latin decanus 'chief of a group of ten', from decem 'ten'. Compare with doyen.

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There are 2 main definitions of dean in English:

dean2

Syllabification: dean
Pronunciation: /dēn
 
/

noun

Variant spelling of dene1.

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