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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
An ecclesiastical dignitary, next under the bishop in cathedral churches, and head of the chapter. The Latin word is decanus, derived from the Greek ten, because the dean presides over at least ten canons, or prebendaries. A dean and chapter are the bishop's council, to assist him in the affairs of religion.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Dean'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/d/dean.html. 1802.