Meaning of decanal in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈkeɪn(ə)l/ /ˈdɛk(ə)n(ə)l/


  • 1Relating to a dean or deanery.

    ‘While these may or may not sound credible, the immense difficulty of sustaining a long-term relationship if your partner is unable to stay in college accommodation without decanal permission, is real and tangible.’
    • ‘Oliver Wilson, a third-year New College Law finalist, has received a decanal summons to explain why he sent what university regulations classify as an ‘abusive email’.’
    • ‘Like presidents, they return less often to the faculty after their decanal service ends, instead using their deanships as a step upward in an administrative career.’
    • ‘In academe women's presence is scarce at decanal levels and higher.’
    • ‘He said that if the warning was ignored the College would consider using decanal action to ‘protect the lives’ of students.’
    1. 1.1Relating to or denoting the south side of the choir of a church, the side on which the dean sits.
      The opposite of cantorial


Early 18th century from medieval Latin decanalis, from late Latin decanus (see dean).