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1chief

adjective \ˈchēf\

: highest in rank or authority

: most important

Full Definition of CHIEF

1
:  accorded highest rank or office <chief librarian>
2
:  of greatest importance or influence <the chief reasons>
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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

2chief

adverb

Definition of CHIEF

archaic
:  chiefly

First Known Use of CHIEF

14th century

3chief

noun

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

Full Definition of CHIEF

1
:  the upper part of a heraldic field
2
:  the head of a body of persons or an organization :  leader <chief of police>
3
:  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
CHIEFDOM Defined for Kids

1chief

noun \ˈchēf\

Definition of CHIEF for Kids

:  the head of a group :  leader <the chief of police>
in chief
:  in the highest ranking position or place <editor in chief>

2chief

adjective

Definition of CHIEF for Kids

1
:  highest in rank or authority <chief executive>
2
:  most important :  main <a chief reason>

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