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Dean

[deen] /din/
noun
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.”.
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dean

/diːn/
noun
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.
(mainly Church of England) the head of a chapter of canons and administrator of a cathedral or collegiate church
4.
(RC Church) the cardinal bishop senior by consecration and head of the college of cardinals See also rural dean related adjective decanal
Derived Forms
deanship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French deien, from Late Latin decānus one set over ten persons, from Latin decem ten

Dean1

/diːn/
noun
1.
Forest of Dean, a forest in W England, in Gloucestershire, between the Rivers Severn and Wye: formerly a royal hunting ground

Dean2

/diːn/
noun
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 and History for jay h. dean
dean
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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