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DEAN, eccl. law. An ecclesiastical officer, who derives his name from the fact that he presides over ten canons, or, prebondaries, at least. There are several kinds of deans, namely: 1. Deans of chapters. 2. Deans of peculiars. 3. Rural deans. 4. Deans in the colleges. 5. Honorary deans. 6. Deans of provinces.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A Brackley team including the likes of Gaz Dean, James Armson, Shane Byrne, Connor Franklin and Andy Brown, were always going to have something to prove against Nuneaton, and prove it they did, as they looked solid at the back, scored goals at crucial times, and never looked like losing a game that the Boro really needed to win as they currently sit inside the bottom three of the Conference North.
"Dean, James and Paul did a great job on the bike ride and raised over PS1,300 for the charity which we are all very proud of.
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In addition, she said, staff were working without approved contracts and the dean, James Kirkbride, was mismanaging the faculty.
Juice FM's Thomas Tuft is joined by Jon Dean, James Morgan and Groove Alliance.
Spencer was the sister of the late Samuel Dean, James Dean, Joseph Dean, Annie Hampton, Elizabeth Disbury and Nancy Carr.
Since our schooldays, where he was also in another incarnation of the band called Deep Trouble, along with his drummer brother Dean, James has entertained the British troops in Bosnia and the Falklands, and supported Liberty X in Mauritius and on their UK tour.