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 for Dean
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dean \Dean\, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen,
     eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten,
     one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks,
     from decem ten. See Ten, and cf. Decemvir.]
     1. A dignitary or presiding officer in certain ecclesiastical
        and lay bodies; esp., an ecclesiastical dignitary,
        subordinate to a bishop.
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     Dean of cathedral church, the chief officer of a chapter;
        he is an ecclesiastical magistrate next in degree to
        bishop, and has immediate charge of the cathedral and its
     Dean of peculiars, a dean holding a preferment which has
        some peculiarity relative to spiritual superiors and the
        jurisdiction exercised in it. [Eng.]
     Rural dean, one having, under the bishop, the especial care
        and inspection of the clergy within certain parishes or
        districts of the diocese.
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     2. The collegiate officer in the universities of Oxford and
        Cambridge, England, who, besides other duties, has regard
        to the moral condition of the college. --Shipley.
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     3. The head or presiding officer in the faculty of some
        colleges or universities.
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     4. A registrar or secretary of the faculty in a department of
        a college, as in a medical, or theological, or scientific
        department. [U.S.]
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     5. The chief or senior of a company on occasion of ceremony;
        as, the dean of the diplomatic corps; -- so called by
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     Cardinal dean, the senior cardinal bishop of the college of
        cardinals at Rome. --Shipley.
     Dean and chapter, the legal corporation and governing body
        of a cathedral. It consists of the dean, who is chief, and
        his canons or prebendaries.
     Dean of arches, the lay judge of the court of arches.
     Dean of faculty, the president of an incorporation or
        barristers; specifically, the president of the
        incorporation of advocates in Edinburgh.
     Dean of guild, a magistrate of Scotch burghs, formerly, and
        still, in some burghs, chosen by the Guildry, whose duty
        is to superintend the erection of new buildings and see
        that they conform to the law.
     Dean of a monastery, Monastic dean, a monastic superior
        over ten monks.
     Dean's stall. See Decanal stall, under Decanal.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an administrator in charge of a division of a university or
      2: United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made
         him a cult figure (1931-1955) [syn: Dean, James Dean,
         James Byron Dean]
      3: a man who is the senior member of a group; "he is the dean of
         foreign correspondents" [syn: dean, doyen]
      4: (Roman Catholic Church) the head of the College of Cardinals

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  111 Moby Thesaurus words for "dean":
     A per se, Grand Penitentiary, Holy Father, abuna, academic dean,
     ace, administration, administrator, antipope, archbishop,
     archdeacon, archon, archpriest, bellwether, bishop,
     bishop coadjutor, boss, canon, cardinal, cardinal bishop,
     cardinal deacon, cardinal priest, champion, chancellor, chaplain,
     chief, chief executive, chief executive officer, coadjutor,
     commander, curate, dean of men, dean of women, diocesan, doyen,
     doyenne, ecclesiarch, elder, eldest, exarch, executive,
     executive director, executive officer, executive secretary, father,
     first-born, firstling, fugleman, genius, guide, head, headmaster,
     headmistress, hierarch, high priest, higher-up, important person,
     kingfish, kingpin, laureate, lead, leader, magistrate, management,
     managing director, master, metropolitan, nonpareil, officer,
     official, older, oldest, papa, paragon, patriarch, penitentiary,
     personage, pilot, pontiff, pope, prebendary, prefect, prelate,
     president, prexy, primate, principal, prodigy, provost, rector,
     ruler, rural dean, secretary, senior, sire, star, subdean,
     suffragan, superior, superman, superstar, the administration,
     the greatest, the most, top dog, treasurer, vicar, vice-chancellor,
     vice-president, virtuoso, warden

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DEAN, eccl. law. An ecclesiastical officer, who derives his name from the 
  fact that he presides over ten canons, or, prebondaries, at least. There are 
  several kinds of deans, namely: 1. Deans of chapters. 2. Deans of peculiars. 
  3. Rural deans. 4. Deans in the colleges. 5. Honorary deans. 6. Deans of 

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Dean, TX -- U.S. city in Texas
     Population (2000):    341
     Housing Units (2000): 136
     Land area (2000):     2.141622 sq. miles (5.546776 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.001593 sq. miles (0.004127 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    2.143215 sq. miles (5.550903 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            19456
     Located within:       Texas (TX), FIPS 48
     Location:             33.928071 N, 98.379255 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Dean, TX

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