Dean of peculiars
Peculiar Pe*cul"iar, n. 1. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic. [1913 Webster]

Revenge is . . . the peculiar of Heaven. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eng. Canon Law) A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary. [1913 Webster]

{Court of Peculiars} (Eng. Law), a branch of the Court of Arches having cognizance of the affairs of peculiars. --Blackstone.

{Dean of peculiars}. See under {Dean}, 1. [1913 Webster]


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  • Dean of peculiars — Dean Dean, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Decemvir}.] 1. A dignitary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dean of a monastery — Dean Dean, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Decemvir}.] 1. A dignitary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dean of arches — Dean Dean, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Decemvir}.] 1. A dignitary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dean of cathedral church — Dean Dean, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Decemvir}.] 1. A dignitary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dean of faculty — Dean Dean, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Decemvir}.] 1. A dignitary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dean of guild — Dean Dean, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Decemvir}.] 1. A dignitary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Court of Peculiars — Peculiar Pe*cul iar, n. 1. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic. [1913 Webster] Revenge is . . . the peculiar of Heaven. South. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Canon Law) A particular parish or church… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Court of Peculiars — The Court of Peculiars is an ecclesiastical court of the Church of England. The court sits with a Dean, who is also the Dean of the Arches. The Registrars are the Joint Provincial Registrars. The Court of Peculiars deals with all legal matters… …   Wikipedia

  • Dean — • One of the principal administrative officials of a diocese Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Dean     Dean     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Dean — Dean, n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See {Ten}, and cf. {Decemvir}.] 1. A dignitary or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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