- the head of a faculty, school, or administrative division in a university or college: the dean of admissions.
- an official in an American college or secondary school having charge of student personnel services, such as counseling or discipline: the dean of men.
- the official in charge of undergraduate students at an English university.
- the head of the chapter of a cathedral or a collegiate church.
- Also called vicar forane. a priest in the Roman Catholic Church appointed by a bishop to take care of the affairs of a division of a diocese.
Origin of dean1
Examples from the Web for deanship
Mr. Kagan resigned the deanship in April 1992, lobbing a parting bomb at the faculty that bucked his administration.
But, alas, at last there came to him a note from his friend Sir Nicholas, informing him that the deanship was disposed of.Barchester Towers|Anthony Trollope
He resigned the deanship in 1895, in 1900 became Dane professor emeritus, and on the 6th of July 1906 died in Cambridge.
One was to the deanship, of Santiago de Castro, a sick man who has not left his house for more than three years.
She had planned unheard-of achievements, while I saw nothing else than the deanship of the College of Agriculture.The Little Lady of the Big House|Jack London
Guy Patin, of course, was inimical, but a little cautious while the question of his deanship was impending.
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Word Origin for dean
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Word Origin and History for deanship
early 14c., from Old French deien (12c., Modern French doyen), from Late Latin decanus "head of a group of 10 monks in a monastery," from earlier secular meaning "commander of 10 soldiers" (which was extended to civil administrators in the late empire), from Greek dekanos, from deka "ten" (see ten). Replaced Old English teoðingealdor. College sense is from 1570s (in Latin from late 13c.).