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dean

noun [C] uk   /diːn/ us  

dean noun [C] (LEADER)

an official of high rank in a college or university who is responsible for the organization of a department or departments: She is the new dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. the Dean of Medicine US someone among a group of people who has worked the longest in the particular job or activity they share, and who is their unofficial leader: Parsons is the dean of the TV news correspondents at Channel Nine.

dean noun [C] (CHURCH)

a priest of high rank in the Church of England or the Roman Catholic Church, who is in charge of managing a large church or cathedral
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