rural dean
noun Date: circa 1628 dean 1b

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  • Rural dean — Rural Ru ral, a. [F., fr. L. ruralis, fr. rus, ruris, the country. Cf. {Room} space, {Rustic}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the country, as distinguished from a city or town; living in the country; suitable for, or resembling, the country; rustic; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rural dean — 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

  • Rural Dean — In the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church, a Rural Dean presides over a Rural Deanery (more commonly simply referred to as a Deanery). Origins and usageThe term arose from the monastic practice of organizing monks in very large… …   Wikipedia

  • rural dean — noun : an ecclesiastic ranking immediately under an archdeacon and appointed as a diocesan official to supervise the affairs of a group of parishes constituting a division of an archdeaconry * * * a cleric ranking just below an archdeacon, in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rural dean — a cleric ranking just below an archdeacon, in charge of an archdeaconry. [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • Rural dean — a minister assisting a bishop to administer a subdivision of an archdeaconry; known on the Continent as an archpriest …   Medieval glossary

  • rural dean —  Старший священник …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Rural — Ru ral, a. [F., fr. L. ruralis, fr. rus, ruris, the country. Cf. {Room} space, {Rustic}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the country, as distinguished from a city or town; living in the country; suitable for, or resembling, the country; rustic; as, rural …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rural deanery — Rural Ru ral, a. [F., fr. L. ruralis, fr. rus, ruris, the country. Cf. {Room} space, {Rustic}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the country, as distinguished from a city or town; living in the country; suitable for, or resembling, the country; rustic; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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