dizzy dean


James (Byron) 1931–55, U.S. actor.
Jay Hanna ("Dizzy") 1911–74, U.S. baseball pitcher.
a male given name: from the Old English family name meaning “valley.”
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dean (diːn)
1.  the chief administrative official of a college or university faculty
2.  (at Oxford and Cambridge universities) a college fellow with responsibility for undergraduate discipline
3.  chiefly Church of England the head of a chapter of canons and administrator of a cathedral or collegiate church
4.  RC Church See also rural dean the cardinal bishop senior by consecration and head of the college of cardinalsRelated: decanal
Related: decanal
[C14: from Old French deien, from Late Latin decānus one set over ten persons, from Latin decem ten]

Dean1 (diːn)
Forest of Dean a forest in W England, in Gloucestershire, between the Rivers Severn and Wye: formerly a royal hunting ground

Dean2 (diːn)
1.  Christopher. See Torvill and Dean
2.  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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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. deien, from L.L. decanus "head of a group of 10 monks in a monastery," from earlier secular meaning "commander of 10 soldiers" (which was extended to civil administrators in the late empire), from Gk. dekanos, from deka "ten." Replaced O.E. teoðingealdor. College sense is from
1570s (in L. from 1271).
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