Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

chief justice

noun

Simple Definition of chief justice

  • : the most important and powerful judge of a court of law and especially of the U.S. Supreme Court

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chief justice

  1. :  the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

1534

First Known Use of chief justice

1534


Law Dictionary

chief justice

noun

Legal Definition of chief justice

  1. :  a chief judge of a usually higher level court; specifically often capitalized :  the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

chief justiceship noun



Learn More about chief justice


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up chief justice? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tending to dismiss important matters

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

reduce soothe perplex disapprove
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ