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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. Highest in office or rank; principal; head.
  8. 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.
  9. A commander or leader or principal person.
  10. Principal; leading; main.
  11. Chiefly.
  12. Head: principal, highest, first.
  13. A head or principal person: a leader: the principal part or top of anything.
  14. A leader; principal person.
  15. Principal; highest.
  16. Highest; greatest; of great importance.
  17. A ruler, leader, or head; principal part.
  18. Principal; highest in office or rank; most eminent; most important; leading; main.
  19. 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.
  20. Highest; principal; the most eminent or distinguished; the most important; first.
  21. A commander or leader; the head man of a clan, or tribe, or family.
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Usage examples for chief

  1. " Always," answered the chief. – The Log School-House on the Columbia by Hezekiah Butterworth
  2. I go to the Chief. – Caste by W. A. Fraser
  3. He had never heard of the Chief. – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  4. Who is she, Chief? – Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage
  5. 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
  6. And Douglas fell to wondering about his grandfather's dream for Lost Chief. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  7. 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
  8. The chief is tired of them. – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford
  9. " I know what you mean," said the Chief. – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  10. Chief of Staff: Major- General von Dannenberg. – The Franco-German War of 1870-71 by Count Helmuth, von Moltke
  11. Say, Chief, I wantcha he'p right away pretty quick! – The City of Fire by Grace Livingston Hill
  12. Now, Chief, it wasn't that at all.... – Brink of Madness by Walter J. Sheldon
  13. Her chief good had been her husband and her children. – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  14. " Don't worry about us, Chief," Rodebush replied with a smile. – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  15. The chief condition of success with early cauliflowers is that they shall head before hot weather comes on. – The Cauliflower by A. A. Crozier
  16. Listen, Chief- Later, Burris said. – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  17. His chief duty has been that of reading to me in the evening. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  18. But I can't go back to Lost Chief. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
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