chief of state

noun phrase

: the formal head of a national state as distinguished from the head of the government

Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chief of state was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Chief of state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chief of state

: the head of a country when not the same person as the head of the country's government
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