[ dek-uh-nl, dih-keyn-l ]
/ ˈdɛk ə nl, dɪˈkeɪn l /


of or relating to a dean or deanery: decanal responsibilities.

Origin of decanal

1700–10; < Late Latin decān(us) dean1 + -al1

Related forms

dec·a·nal·ly, de·can·i·cal·ly [dih-kan-ik-lee] /dɪˈkæn ɪk li/, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for decanal


/ (dɪˈkeɪnəl) /


of or relating to a dean or deanery
(of part of a choir) on the same side of a cathedral, etc, as the dean; on the S side of the choir
Compare cantorial

Derived Forms

decanally or decanically (dɪˈkænɪkəlɪ), adverb

Word Origin for decanal

C18: from Medieval Latin decānālis, decānus dean
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