Dean vs Chairman - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between dean and chairman
is that dean
is dean while chairman
is a person (implied male) presiding over a meeting.
As a verb dean
A senior official in a college or university, who may be in charge of a division or faculty (for example, the dean of science'') or have some other advisory or disciplinary function (for example, the ''dean of students ).
A dignitary or presiding officer in certain church bodies, especially an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop, in charge of a chapter of canon.
The senior member of some group of people.
- dean of the diplomatic corps - a country's most senior ambassador
* 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 67:
- dean of the House - the longest-serving member of a legislature
(Sussex) a hill (chiefly place names).
- All of the switchboard operators had been parties to it, including Marie Willis. Their dean , Alice Hart, collected
* dean and chapter
To serve as a dean.
To send (a student) to see the dean of a university.
A person (implied male) presiding over a meeting.
The head of a corporate or governmental board of directors, a committee, or other formal entity.
(historical) Someone whose job is to carry people in a portable chair, sedan chair, or similar conveyance.
* 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 618:
* 1836 , Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers ?
- Mr Western entered; but not before a small wrangling bout had passed between him and his chairmen ; for the fellows, who had taken up their burden at the Hercules Pillars, had conceived no hopes of having any future good customer in the squire [...]
- Mr. Winkle, catching sight of a lady's face at the window of the sedan, turned hastily round, plied the knocker with all his might and main, and called frantically upon the chairman to take the chair away again.
Historically meant a man, now also used for women.
* chair, chairperson
* presiding officer, presider