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chef

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noun \ˈshef\

Simple Definition of chef

  • : a professional cook who usually is in charge of a kitchen in a restaurant

  • : a person who prepares food for people to eat

Full Definition of chef

  1. 1 :  a skilled cook who manages the kitchen (as of a restaurant)

  2. 2 :  cook

chef intransitive verb
chef·dom play \-dəm\ noun

Examples of chef

  1. The hotel's chef trained at the finest culinary institutes in Europe.

  2. He's the head chef at a five-star restaurant.

  3. a celebrity chef with her own TV show

  4. My friend is an excellent chef.



Origin of chef

French, short for chef de cuisine head of the kitchen


First Known Use: 1840

Rhymes with chef

clef, deaf, ef, f, kef, lev, ref, teff


CHEF Defined for Kids

chef

play
noun \ˈshef\

Definition of chef

  1. 1 :  a professional cook who is usually in charge of a kitchen in a restaurant

  2. 2 :  1cook <My mom is a great chef.>





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