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

Definition of jefe

: a person who exercises control or authority : chief sense 2, leader sense 2 We caught Villa Rica on opening night, which meant a full staff eager to please—not to mention the jefe himself in the kitchen…— Paul Stephen In the House and Senate, Republicans are limited to six years as the jefe of any committee.— Michael Shannon

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Examples of jefe in a Sentence

the jefe of a drug cartel operating out of Central America
Recent Examples on the Web Un jefe revolucionario cae en una trampa, su mujer y el pueblo lo salvan pero su campamento es arrasado. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 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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“Jefe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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