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Pronunciation: (dēn), [key]
1. Educ.
a. the head of a faculty, school, or administrative division in a university or college: the dean of admissions.
b. an official in an American college or secondary school having charge of student personnel services, such as counseling or discipline: the dean of men.
c. the official in charge of undergraduate students at an English university.
2. Eccles.
a. the head of the chapter of a cathedral or a collegiate church.
b. 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.
3. the senior member, in length of service, of any group, organization, profession, etc.: the dean of lexicographers.


Pronunciation: (dēn), [key]
n. Brit.


Pronunciation: (dēn), [key]
1. James (Byron), 1931–55, U.S. actor.
2. Jay Hanna (“Dizzy”), 1911–74, U.S. baseball pitcher.
3. a male given name: from the Old English family name meaning “valley.”

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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