Dean

[ deen ]
/ din /

noun

James (Byron),1931–55, U.S. actor.
Jay HannaDizzy, 1911–74, U.S. baseball pitcher.
a male given name: from the Old English family name meaning “valley.”
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British Dictionary definitions for james dean (1 of 3)

dean

/ (diːn) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

deanship, noun

Word Origin for dean

C14: from Old French deien, from Late Latin decānus one set over ten persons, from Latin decem ten

British Dictionary definitions for james dean (2 of 3)

Dean

1
/ (diːn) /

noun

Forest of Dean a forest in W England, in Gloucestershire, between the Rivers Severn and Wye: formerly a royal hunting ground

British Dictionary definitions for james dean (3 of 3)

Dean

2
/ (diːn) /

noun

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
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