jefe

noun
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

Examples of jefe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 9 Feb. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jefe. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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