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Definition of "chief" []

  • One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader. (noun)
  • A chief petty officer. (noun)
  • Nautical The chief engineer of a ship. (noun)
  • Slang A boss. (noun)
  • Heraldry The upper section of a shield. (noun)
  • The head, leader, or most important individual in a group or body of people (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The upper third of a shield (noun)
  • Most important; principal (adjective)
  • Highest in rank or authority (adjective)
  • Principally (adverb)

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Use "chief" in a sentence
  • "I could not be a fatriarcbal chief, but I would be z feudal chief*"
  • ""the public approbation of the people, and declaration of the chief minister" -- later there was no "_chief_ minister," there was "parity" of ministers."
  • ""Tell the chief, Mavovo" (I observed he laid an emphasis on the word, _chief_) "that I _quite_ understand, and that I thank him very much for explaining things to me so fully."