noun, plural dean·er·ies.

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 dean1, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deanery

Historical Examples of deanery

  • He is to sup at the Deanery to-morrow, and I am to be in waiting to see him.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • "He might have wanted me to take a errand round to the deanery," soliloquized he.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • There's somebody's eyes peering at me over the deanery blinds.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • The garden intervened between them and the deanery, and they could not be heard.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • But the going and coming were so fixed that the two men met at the deanery.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for deanery


noun plural -eries

the office or residence of dean
the group of parishes presided over by a rural dean
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