- 1The head of a college or university faculty or department: the dean of the law schoolMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A college or university official, especially one with disciplinary and advisory functions: the dean of studentsMore example sentences
- 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 winemakersMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2The head of the chapter of a cathedral or collegiate church.More example sentences
- 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- Now the dean and chapter of the cathedral has withdrawn its backing, after strong objections by residents.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.
Middle English: from Old French deien, from late Latin decanus 'chief of a group of ten', from decem 'ten'. Compare with doyen.