Overview

dean


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

The head of the chapter of a cathedral or collegiate church. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from late Latin decanus ‘chief of a group of ten’, from decem ‘ten’.

Subjects: Christianity — History.


Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »


Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.