chief of staff

noun phrase

Definition of chief of staff

1 : the ranking officer of a staff in the armed forces serving as principal adviser to a commander
2 : the ranking officer of the army or air force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

First Known Use of chief of staff

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Chief of staff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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