Definitions of chief

  1. Highest in office or rank; principal; head.
  2. 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.
  3. Very intimate, near, or close.
  4. Chiefly.
  5. The principal part; the most valuable portion.
  6. ( of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; " his arch rival"; " the boss man"; " the chief executive"; " head librarian"; " top administrators"
  7. 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.
  8. Head: principal, highest, first.
  9. a person who exercises control over workers; " if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
  10. Highest; greatest; of great importance.
  11. A commander or leader; the head man of a clan, or tribe, or family.
  12. 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"
  13. A commander or leader or principal person.
  14. A leader; principal person.
  15. Principal; highest.
  16. Principal; highest in office or rank; most eminent; most important; leading; main.
  17. 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.
  18. Principal; leading; main.
  19. a person who is in charge; " the head of the whole operation"
  20. A head or principal person: a leader: the principal part or top of anything.
  21. Highest; principal; the most eminent or distinguished; the most important; first.
  22. A ruler, leader, or head; principal part.

Usage examples for chief

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