Definition of Chief

1. Noun. A person who is in charge. "The head of the whole operation"

2. Adjective. Most important element. "A master switch"
Exact synonyms: Main, Master, Primary, Principal
Similar to: Important, Of Import

3. Noun. A person who exercises control over workers. "If you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
Exact synonyms: Boss, Foreman, Gaffer, Honcho
Specialized synonyms: Baas, Ganger, Assistant Foreman, Straw Boss
Generic synonyms: Supervisor
Derivative terms: Bossy, Foremanship

4. Noun. The head of a tribe or clan.
Exact synonyms: Chieftain, Headman, Tribal Chief
Generic synonyms: Leader
Specialized synonyms: Indian Chief, Indian Chieftain, Pendragon
Specialized synonyms: Glendower, Owen Glendower, Hrolf, Rolf, Rollo
Derivative terms: Chieftainship

Definition of Chief

1. n. The head or leader of any body of men; a commander, as of an army; a head man, as of a tribe, clan, or family; a person in authority who directs the work of others; the principal actor or agent.

2. a. Highest in office or rank; principal; head.

Definition of Chief

1. Noun. A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (heraldiccharge) The top part of a shield or escutcheon. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A head officer in a department, organization etc.; a boss. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

4. Noun. An informal address to an equal. ¹

5. Adjective. Primary; principal. ¹

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Definition of Chief

1. highest in authority [adj CHIEFER, CHIEFEST] / the person highest in authority [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chief

chief (current term)
chief agglutinin
chief artery of thumb
chief cell
chief cell of corpus pineale
chief cell of parathyroid gland
chief cell of stomach
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chief constable
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chief cook and bottle-washer
chief cook and bottle-washers
chief cook and bottle washer

Literary usage of Chief

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Constitution of the United States of America: With an Alphabetical by William Hickey, United States (1854)
"chief JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. JOHN JAY, of New York, ... Resigned as chief Justice. Successor appointed 1st July, 1795. ..."

2. The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year by American Almanac Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1857)
"Salary. Indian Office. Salary. HPK Peck, Assist. Exam., $1800 James W. Denver, Commiss., $3000 Marcus Bull, Charles E. Mix, chief Clerk, 2000 RD Clark, ..."

3. The Bozeman Trail: Historical Accounts of the Blazing of the Overland Routes by Grace Raymond Hebard, Earl Alonzo Brininstool (1922)
"Red Cloud (Makh-pi-ya-luta) is supposed to have been born at the forks of the Platte River in Nebraska, in 1822, although the chief himself did not know the ..."

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