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adverb chief·ly \ˈchē-flē\

Simple Definition of chiefly

  • : mainly or mostly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chiefly

  1. 1 :  most importantly :  principally, especially

  2. 2 :  for the most part :  mostly, mainly

Examples of chiefly in a sentence

  1. <our video collection consists chiefly of comedies, but we have a few horror movies>



14th Century

First Known Use of chiefly

14th century


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chiefly

adjective chief·ly

Definition of chiefly

  1. :  of or relating to a chief <chiefly duties>



1870

First Known Use of chiefly

1870


CHIEFLY Defined for Kids

chiefly

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adverb chief·ly \ˈchē-flē\

Definition of chiefly for Students

  1. 1 :  above all :  most importantly <We're chiefly concerned with safety.>

  2. 2 :  for the most part <Owls are active chiefly at night.>





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