chief justice

noun
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of chief justice

:the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

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First Known Use of chief justice

1534


CHIEF JUSTICE Defined for English Language Learners

chief justice

noun

Definition of chief justice for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

chief justice

noun

legal Definition of chief justice

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

chief justiceship

noun

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