Cardinal dean

the senior cardinal bishop of the college of cardinals at Rome.

See also: Dean

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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As soon as a majority vote has been reached, the Cardinal Dean asks the pope-elect (who is invariably already present) two questions: (1) whether he accepts the nomination and (2) by what name he wishes to be known.