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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dean  \Dean\,  n.  [OE.  dene,  deene,  OF  deien,  dien,  F.  doyen, 
  eldest  of  a  corporation,  a  dean,  L.  decanus  the  chief  of  ten 
  one  set  over  ten  persons,  e.  g.,  over  soldiers  or  over  monks, 
  from  decem  ten  See  {Ten},  and  cf  {Decemvir}.] 
  1.  A  dignitary  or  presiding  officer  in  certain  ecclesiastical 
  and  lay  bodies;  esp.,  an  ecclesiastical  dignitary, 
  subordinate  to  a  bishop. 
 
  {Dean  of  cathedral  church},  the  chief  officer  of  a  chapter; 
  he  is  an  ecclesiastical  magistrate  next  in  degree  to 
  bishop,  and  has  immediate  charge  of  the  cathedral  and  its 
  estates. 
 
  {Dean  of  peculiars},  a  dean  holding  a  preferment  which  has 
  some  peculiarity  relative  to  spiritual  superiors  and  the 
  jurisdiction  exercised  in  it  [Eng.] 
 
  {Rural  dean},  one  having  under  the  bishop,  the  especial  care 
  and  inspection  of  the  clergy  within  certain  parishes  or 
  districts  of  the  diocese. 
 
  2.  The  collegiate  officer  in  the  universities  of  Oxford  and 
  Cambridge,  England,  who  besides  other  duties,  has  regard 
  to  the  moral  condition  of  the  college.  --Shipley. 
 
  3.  The  head  or  presiding  officer  in  the  faculty  of  some 
  colleges  or  universities. 
 
  4.  A  registrar  or  secretary  of  the  faculty  in  a  department  of 
  a  college,  as  in  a  medical,  or  theological,  or  scientific 
  department.  [U.S.] 
 
  5.  The  chief  or  senior  of  a  company  on  occasion  of  ceremony; 
  as  the  dean  of  the  diplomatic  corps;  --  so  called  by 
  courtesy. 
 
  {Cardinal  dean},  the  senior  cardinal  bishop  of  the  college  of 
  cardinals  at  Rome.  --Shipley. 
 
  {Dean  and  chapter},  the  legal  corporation  and  governing  body 
  of  a  cathedral.  It  consists  of  the  dean,  who  is  chief,  and 
  his  canons  or  prebendaries. 
 
  {Dean  of  arches},  the  lay  judge  of  the  court  of  arches. 
 
  {Dean  of  faculty},  the  president  of  an  incorporation  or 
  barristers;  specifically,  the  president  of  the 
  incorporation  of  advocates  in  Edinburgh. 
 
  {Dean  of  guild},  a  magistrate  of  Scotch  burghs,  formerly,  and 
  still  in  some  burghs,  chosen  by  the  Guildry  whose  duty 
  is  to  superintend  the  erection  of  new  buildings  and  see 
  that  they  conform  to  the  law. 
 
  {Dean  of  a  monastery},  {Monastic  dean},  a  monastic  superior 
  over  ten  monks. 
 
  {Dean's  stall}.  See  {Decanal  stall},  under  {Decanal}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dean 
  n  1:  an  administrator  in  charge  of  a  division  of  a  university  or 
  college 
  2:  the  senior  member  of  a  group  "he  is  the  dean  of  foreign 
  correspondents"  [syn:  {doyen}] 
  3:  (Roman  Catholic)  the  head  of  the  College  of  Cardinals 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Dean,  TX  (city,  FIPS  19456) 
  Location:  33.93332  N,  98.36889  W 
  Population  (1990):  277  (114  housing  units) 
  Area:  5.5  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 




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