adjective \ˈchēf\

: highest in rank or authority

: most important

Full Definition of CHIEF

:  accorded highest rank or office <chief librarian>
:  of greatest importance or influence <the chief reasons>

Examples of CHIEF

  1. the chief engineer on the project
  2. Her job is their chief source of income.
  3. He has many concerns, chief among them his health.

First Known Use of CHIEF

14th century

Rhymes with CHIEF



Definition of CHIEF

:  chiefly

First Known Use of CHIEF

14th century



: the person who is the leader of a group of people, of an organization, etc.

Full Definition of CHIEF

:  the upper part of a heraldic field
:  the head of a body of persons or an organization :  leader <chief of police>
:  the principal or most valuable part <would never rest till she had read the chief of the letter to him — Jane Austen>
chief·dom \-dəm\ noun
chief·ship \-ˌship\ noun
in chief
:  in the chief position or place —often used in titles <commander in chief>

Examples of CHIEF

  1. <the chief of the estate was left to the eldest son>
  2. <our chief is out on a business trip right now>

Origin of CHIEF

Middle English, from Anglo-French chief, chef head, chief, from Latin caput head — more at head
First Known Use: 15th century
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