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dean (plural deans)
- A senior official in a college or university, who may be in charge of a division or faculty (for example, the dean of science) or have some other advisory or disciplinary function (for example, the dean of students).
- A dignitary or presiding officer in certain church bodies, especially an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop, in charge of a chapter of canon.
- The senior member of some group of people.
- dean of the diplomatic corps - a country's most senior ambassador
- dean of the House - the longest-serving member of a legislature
- (Sussex) a hill (chiefly place names).
senior official in college or university
senior member of a group
- (intransitive, rare) To serve as a dean.
- (transitive, rare, informal) To send (a student) to see the dean of a university.