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Tis none other that the Dean sets forth, ay, and the book that I have here.

He needs a clerk for his law matters, and the Dean said he would speak of me to him.

Until then, however, you had better come into the house with Miss Dean and me.

She disliked the idea of meeting Evelyn in the dean's office.

"We shall be obliged to look into the matter," declared the dean.

Dr. Burrows asked a question now and then, but the dean chiefly took it.

The dean paused to revolve the proposition, and then shook his head negatively.

The dean gave an angry look at his servant as Alfred came into the room.

Mr. Dean, you have never yet done me the honour to introduce me to Mrs. Falconer.

I thank you, Mr. Dean, I must detain you a moment to speak to you on business.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French deien (12c., Modern French doyen), from Late Latin decanus "head of a group of 10 monks in a monastery," from earlier secular meaning "commander of 10 soldiers" (which was extended to civil administrators in the late empire), from Greek dekanos, from deka "ten" (see ten). Replaced Old English teoðingealdor. College sense is from 1570s (in Latin from late 13c.).

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