- 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.
- the senior member, in length of service, of any group, organization, profession, etc.: the dean of lexicographers.
Origin of dean1
Examples from the Web for deanship
Contemporary Examples of deanship
Mr. Kagan resigned the deanship in April 1992, lobbing a parting bomb at the faculty that bucked his administration.Donald Kagan on Western Civilization
April 29, 2013
Historical Examples of deanship
Guy Patin, of course, was inimical, but a little cautious while the question of his deanship was impending.
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
One was to the deanship, of Santiago de Castro, a sick man who has not left his house for more than three years.
He resigned the deanship in 1895, in 1900 became Dane professor emeritus, and on the 6th of July 1906 died in Cambridge.
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
- the chief administrative official of a college or university faculty
- (at Oxford and Cambridge universities) a college fellow with responsibility for undergraduate discipline
- mainly Church of England the head of a chapter of canons and administrator of a cathedral or collegiate church
- RC Church the cardinal bishop senior by consecration and head of the college of cardinalsSee also rural dean Related adjective: decanal
Word Origin for dean
- Forest of Dean a forest in W England, in Gloucestershire, between the Rivers Severn and Wye: formerly a royal hunting ground
- Christopher. See Torvill and Dean
- James (Byron). 1931–55, US film actor, who became a cult figure; his films include East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause (both 1955). He died in a car crash
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.).