DEAN

Definition of DEAN in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DEAN

In English ecclesiastical law. An ecclesiastical dignitary who presides over the chapter of a cathedral, and is next in rank to the bishop. So called from having been originally appointed to superintend ten canons or prebendaries. 1 Bl. Comm, 382; Co, Litt, 95; Spelman.

There are several kinds of deans, namely: Deans of chapters; deans of peculiars; rural deans; deans in the colleges; honorary deans; deans of provinces.

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