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English noun: dean

1. dean (person) an administrator in charge of a division of a university or college

Broader (hypernym)academic administrator

2. Dean (person) United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure (1931-1955)

SynonymsJames Byron Dean, James Dean

Instance hypernymactor, histrion, player, role player, thespian

3. dean (person) a man who is the senior member of a group

SamplesHe is the dean of foreign correspondents.


Broader (hypernym)elder, senior

4. dean (person) (Roman Catholic Church) the head of the College of Cardinals

Broader (hypernym)cardinal

Domain categoryChurch of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church

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