Definitions of chief

  1. ( of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; " his arch rival"; " the boss man"; " the chief executive"; " head librarian"; " top administrators"
  2. a person who exercises control over workers; " if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
  3. a person who is in charge; " the head of the whole operation"
  4. most important element; " the chief aim of living"; " the main doors were of solid glass"; " the principal rivers of America"; " the principal example"; " policemen were primary targets"
  5. 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.
  6. The principal part; the most valuable portion.
  7. The upper third part of the field. It is supposed to be composed of the dexter, sinister, and middle chiefs.
  8. Highest in office or rank; principal; head.
  9. Principal or most eminent in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; taking the lead; most important; as, the chief topic of conversation; the chief interest of man.
  10. Very intimate, near, or close.
  11. A commander or leader or principal person.
  12. Principal; leading; main.
  13. Chiefly.
  14. Head: principal, highest, first.
  15. A head or principal person: a leader: the principal part or top of anything.
  16. A leader; principal person.
  17. Principal; highest.
  18. Highest; greatest; of great importance.
  19. A ruler, leader, or head; principal part.
  20. Principal; highest in office or rank; most eminent; most important; leading; main.
  21. A head or principal person; commander; the principal thing; the largest part; the upper part of an escutcheon. To hold land in chief, to hold it directly from the sovereign, by honourable personal services.
  22. Highest; principal; the most eminent or distinguished; the most important; first.
  23. A commander or leader; the head man of a clan, or tribe, or family.

Usage examples for chief

  1. And I explained, in a few words, that he was the chief whose party Jack and Peterkin and I had helped to save. – The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. He had never heard of the Chief – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  3. Who is she, Chief – Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage
  4. Listen, Chief Later, Burris said. – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  5. Chief of Staff: Major- General von Dannenberg. – The Franco-German War of 1870-71 by Count Helmuth, von Moltke
  6. The chief is tired of them. – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford
  7. " I know what you mean," said the Chief – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  8. However, the chief did not know this. – Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer by W. C. Scully
  9. " Always," answered the chief – The Log School-House on the Columbia by Hezekiah Butterworth
  10. He also told me that you were a great chief and could forward me on my journey. – First Footsteps in East Africa or, an Exploration of Harar by Richard F. Burton
  11. The chief condition of success with early cauliflowers is that they shall head before hot weather comes on. – The Cauliflower by A. A. Crozier
  12. Her chief good had been her husband and her children. – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  13. His chief duty has been that of reading to me in the evening. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  14. Give it to the Chief then. – The Instant of Now by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  15. But I can't go back to Lost Chief – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  16. And Douglas fell to wondering about his grandfather's dream for Lost Chief – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  17. Say, Chief I wantcha he'p right away pretty quick! – The City of Fire by Grace Livingston Hill
  18. I go to the Chief – Caste by W. A. Fraser
  19. " Don't worry about us, Chief Rodebush replied with a smile. – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  20. Now, Chief it wasn't that at all.... – Brink of Madness by Walter J. Sheldon