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chiefly

adverb chief·ly \ ˈchē-flē \

Definition of chiefly

1 :most importantly :principally, especially
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

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First Known Use of chiefly

14th century


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chiefly

adjective

Definition of chiefly

:of or relating to a chief
  • chiefly duties

First Known Use of chiefly

1870


CHIEFLY Defined for English Language Learners

chiefly

adverb

Definition of chiefly for English Language Learners

  • : mainly or mostly


CHIEFLY Defined for Kids

chiefly

adverb chief·ly \ ˈchē-flē \

Definition of chiefly for Students

1 :above all :most importantly
  • We're chiefly concerned with safety.
2 :for the most part
  • Owls are active chiefly at night.


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