je·​fe | \ ˈhā-(ˌ)fā How to pronounce jefe (audio) , ˈhe-; ˈhe-fē How to pronounce jefe (audio) \

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the jefe of a drug cartel operating out of Central America

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In an end-of-year address posted online, the ELN’s jefe máximo, who goes by the alias Gabino, promised to continue negotiations even if hostilities resumed. Maximo Anderson,, "In Colombia, Marxist Rebels Hold the Oil Industry Hostage," 10 Jan. 2018 By April 18, the sometime ship mechanic Manuel Hedilla, acting head of the party, was elected its new jefe nacional by a narrow vote. Jesús Palacios, Slate Magazine, "How Franco tailored fascism to his country by stealing from every major political movement.," 9 Feb. 2017 Oh, jefe... *goes back to sleep* — Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Donald Trump Tweets 'Covfefe' & Nobody Knows What He's Talking About," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of jefe

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jefe

Spanish, from French chef, from Old French chief — more at chief

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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