chef

noun \ ˈshef \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of chef

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

chef

intransitive verb

chefdom

play \-dəm\ noun

Examples of chef in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of chef

French, short for chef de cuisine head of the kitchen

chef Synonyms

Synonyms
cook, cooker, culinarian
Related Words
baker, pâtissier (or patissier); barbecuer, griller

CHEF Defined for English Language Learners

chef

noun

Definition of chef for English Language Learners

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

  • : a person who prepares food for people to eat


CHEF Defined for Kids

chef

noun \ ˈshef \

Definition of chef for Students

1 :a professional cook who is usually in charge of a kitchen in a restaurant
2 :1cook
  • My mom is a great chef.


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