Definition of Chiefly

1. Adverb. For the most part. "He is mainly interested in butterflies"




Definition of Chiefly

1. adv. In the first place; principally; preëminently; above; especially.

Definition of Chiefly

1. Adverb. (context: focus) especially or primarily; above all ¹

2. Adverb. (context: focus) mainly or principally; almost entirely ¹

3. Adjective. of, or relating to a chief ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Chiefly

1. above all [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chiefly

chief petty officers
chief scientist
chiefage
chiefdom
chiefdoms
chiefe
chiefer
chiefery
chiefes
chiefess
chiefesses
chiefest
chiefless
chiefly (current term)
chiefrie
chiefries
chiefry
chiefs
chiefs of state
chiefship
chiefships
chieftain
chieftaincies
chieftaincy
chieftainess
chieftainesses
chieftains
chieftainship

Literary usage of Chiefly

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1892)
"About 1663 he obtained a grant of 800000/., which was chiefly spent in naval st ores {Life, i.399). ..."

2. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"... but Emma's feelings were chiefly with Jane in the argument; and on leaving Randalls, and falling naturally into a comparison of the two men, she felt, ..."

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