[ dee-nuh-ree ]

noun,plural dean·er·ies.
  1. the office, jurisdiction, district, or residence of an ecclesiastical dean.

Origin of deanery

First recorded in 1250–1300, deanery is from the Middle English word denerie.See dean, -ery

Words Nearby deanery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use deanery in a sentence

  • In the following year Loftus was translated to Dublin and forced to resign his deanery, which he did very unwillingly.

  • A little later, he happened to see Mr. Palmer himself knocking at the door of the deanery and being admitted by the butler.

    A Thin Ghost and Others | M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
  • He was early advanced to the deanery of Exeter and other preferments.

  • In 1552 he was appointed to the deanery of Lincoln, of which he was deprived in 1554.

    English Book Collectors | William Younger Fletcher
  • After awhile, the deanery was again vacant: and again the archbishop refused Don Illan's suit, in favour of one of his own uncles.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland

British Dictionary definitions for deanery


/ (ˈdiːnərɪ) /

nounplural -eries
  1. the office or residence of dean

  2. the group of parishes presided over by a rural dean

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