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chief

 (chēf)
n.
1. One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader.
2.
a. A chief petty officer.
b. Nautical The chief engineer of a ship.
3. Slang A supervisor; a boss.
4. Heraldry The upper section of a shield.
adj.
1. Highest in rank, authority, or office: the chief scientist in the lab.
2. Most important or influential: the chief ingredients in the stew. See Usage Note at absolute.

[Middle English chef, from Old French, from Latin caput, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]

chief′dom n.
chief′ship′ n.
Synonyms: chief, foremost, leading1, main, primary, prime, principal
These adjectives refer to what is first in rank, importance, or influence: his chief concern; the foremost scholar in her field; the leading cause of heart disease; the main building on campus; the primary purpose of the legislation; a prime example of wasteful spending; the principal figures in the plot.

chief

(tʃiːf)
n
1. the head, leader, or most important individual in a group or body of people
2. another word for chieftain2
3. (Heraldry) heraldry the upper third of a shield
4. in chief primarily; especially
adj
(prenominal)
a. most important; principal
b. highest in rank or authority
adv
archaic principally
[C13: from Old French, from Latin caput head]

chief

(tʃif)

n.
1. the head or leader of an organized body: the chief of police.
2. the ruler of a tribe or clan: an Indian chief.
4. the upper area of a heraldic field.
adj.
5. highest in rank or authority.
6. most important; principal: the chief difficulty.
adv.
7. Archaic. chiefly.
Idioms:
in chief, highest in rank (used in combination): commander in chief.
[1250–1300; < Anglo-French chief, chef < Vulgar Latin *capum, Latin caput head]
chief′dom, n.
syn: See capital1.

chef

chief
1. 'chef'

A chef /ʃef/ is a cook in a hotel or restaurant.

Her recipe was passed on to the chef.
He works as a chef in a large Paris hotel.
2. 'chief'

The chief /tʃiːf/ of a group or organization is its leader.

The police chief has resigned.
I spoke to Jim Stretton, chief of UK operations.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chief - a person who is in chargechief - a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
administrator, executive - someone who manages a government agency or department
administrator, decision maker - someone who administers a business
capo - the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate
department head - the head of a department
don, father - the head of an organized crime family
superior general, general - the head of a religious order or congregation
general manager - the highest ranking manager
grand dragon - a high ranking person in the Ku Klux Klan
head of household - the head of a household or family or tribe
secretary - a person who is head of an administrative department of government
2.chief - a person who exercises control over workerschief - a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
baas - South African term for `boss'
ganger - the foreman of a work gang
assistant foreman, straw boss - a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
supervisor - one who supervises or has charge and direction of
3.chief - the head of a tribe or clanchief - the head of a tribe or clan    
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
Indian chief, Indian chieftain - the leader of a group of Native Americans
pendragon - the supreme war chief of the ancient Britons
Adj.1.chief - 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"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"

chief

noun
1. head, leader, director, manager, lord, boss (informal), captain, master, governor, commander, principal, superior, ruler, superintendent, chieftain, ringleader, baas (S. African) The new leader is the deputy chief of the territory's defence force.
head subject, follower, subordinate
adjective
1. primary, highest, leading, main, prime, capital, central, key, essential, premier, supreme, most important, outstanding, principal, prevailing, cardinal, paramount, big-time (informal), foremost, major league (informal), predominant, uppermost, pre-eminent, especial Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce. The job went to one of his chief rivals.
primary least, minor, subsidiary, subordinate

chief

noun
1. One who is highest in rank or authority:
Slang: honcho.
2. A professional politician who controls a party or political machine:
3. Slang. Someone who directs and supervises workers:
Informal: straw boss.
adjective
1. Having or exercising authority:
2. Most important, influential, or significant:
Translations
رَئِيسرئيس، زَعيم قَبيلَهرئيسيرَئِيسيّ
vedoucíhlavnínáčelníkšéfhlava
chefhøvdinghoved-ledendeleder
pää-päällikkö
glavnišef
æîstur, yfir-aîal-; helstur
・・・長主要な
우두머리제1의
vadas
galvenaispriekšnieksvadītājsvadonisvirsaitis
poglavarpoglavitenpoveljnik
huvud-ledare
ผู้นำสำคัญ
người đứng đầutrưởng

chief

[tʃiːf]
A. ADJ (= principal) [reason etc] → principal, mayor; (in rank) → jefe, de más categoría
B. N [of organization] → jefe/a m/f; [of tribe] → jefe/a m/f, cacique m (= boss) → jefe/a m/f, patrón(ona) m/f
yes, chief!¡sí, jefe!
Chief of Staff (Mil) → Jefe del Estado Mayor
... in chief... en jefe
C. CPD chief constable N (Brit) → jefe/a m/f de policía
chief executive N (Brit) (local government) → director(a) m/f; [of company] (also chief executive officer) → director(a) m/f general
chief inspector N (Brit) (Police) → inspector(a) m/f jefe
chief justice N (US) → presidente/a m/f del Tribunal Supremo
chief superintendent N (Brit) (Police) → comisario/a m/f jefe/a

chief

[ˈtʃiːf]
n
(= boss) → chef m
the chief of security → le chef de la sécurité
(tribal)chef m
adjprincipal(e)
His chief reason for resigning was the low pay → La principale raison de sa démission était son mauvais salaire.chief assistant npremier/ière assistant(e) m/fchief constable n (British)directeur/trice m/f de policechief executive chief executive officer (US) ndirecteur/trice m/f général(e)chief inspector n (British)inspecteur/trice m/f de police principal(e)Chief Justice nprésident(e) m/f de la Cour suprême

chief

n pl <-s>
(of organization)Leiter(in) m(f), → Chef(in) m(f) (inf); (of clan)Oberhaupt nt; (of tribe)Häuptling m; (of gang)Anführer(in) m(f); (inf: = boss) → Boss m (inf), → Chef m; chief of policePolizeipräsident(in) or -chef(in) m(f); chief of staff (Mil) → Stabschef(in) m(f); chief of stateStaatschef(in) m(f)
(Her) → Schildhaupt nt
in chiefhauptsächlich
adj
(= most important)Haupt-, wichtigste(r, s), bedeutendste(r, s); the chief thingdas Wichtigste, die Hauptsache; chief reasonHauptgrund m
(= most senior)Haupt-, Ober-, erste(r); chief clerkBürochef m; chief executive officerHauptgeschäftsführer(in) m(f), → Generaldirektor(in) m(f), → Vorstandsvorsitzende(r) m(f); Chief Secretary (to the Treasury) (Brit Pol) → stellvertretender Finanzminister, stellvertretende Finanzministerin; chief of staff(General)stabschef(in) m(f)

chief

[tʃiːf]
1. adj (principal, reason) → principale; (in rank) → capo inv
chief steward (Aer) → commissario di bordo
2. ncapo

chief

(tʃiːf) adjective
greatest in importance etc. the chief cause of disease.
noun
the head of a clan or tribe, or a department, business etc.
ˈchiefly adverb
mainly. She became ill chiefly because she did not eat enough.
ˌchief eˈxecutive ˌofficer noun
(also CEO) the president of a large company.
ˈchieftain (-tən) noun
the head of a clan, tribe etc.

chief

رَئِيس, رَئِيسيّ hlavní, vedoucí chef, ledende Oberhaupt, wichtigster αρχηγός, κύριος en jefe, jefe pää-, päällikkö chef, principal glavni, šef capo ・・・長, 主要な 우두머리, 제1의 leider, voornaamst leder, sjefs- główny, szef chefe руководитель, старший huvud-, ledare ผู้นำ, สำคัญ baş, şef người đứng đầu, trưởng 首要的, 首领

chief

n. jefe-a;
___ complaintqueja principal.
References in classic literature ?
It lasted about an hour and was terminated by the chief of the losing side deliberately permitting himself to be out-pointed, that the game might be called a draw.
Nez Perce camp A chief with a hard name The Big Hearts of the East Hospitable treatment The Indian guides Mysterious councils The loquacious chief Indian tomb Grand Indian reception An Indian feast Town-criers Honesty of the Nez Perces The captain's attempt at healing.
In order to make the children sensible of the pitiable condition of these men, Grandfather singled out Peter Oliver, chief justice of Massachusetts under the crown, and imagined him walking through the streets of Boston on the morning before he left it forever.
Chief Inspector Heat of the Special Crimes Department changed his tone.
From the chief he learned that Rokoff had passed up the river a week previous, and that he had horns growing from his forehead, and was accompanied by a thousand devils.
Come with me to my dwelling and I'll introduce you to my daughters," said the Chief.
The chief policeman of the quarter came running up, and found a Christian ill-treating a Mussulman.
On asking the chief the use of them, he replied, that if two or three of his men were shot, their neighbours would not see the bodies, and so be discouraged.
Shrewd Suggestion of Gray Eyes, an Arickara Chief - Encampment of the Trading Parties.
A CHIEF of Police who had seen an Officer beating a Thug was very indignant, and said he must not do so any more on pain of dismissal.
The little old chief smoked silently for some time.
Besides these, there were in attendance on the Emperor without any definite appointments: Arakcheev, the ex-Minister of War; Count Bennigsen, the senior general in rank; the Grand Duke Tsarevich Constantine Pavlovich; Count Rumyantsev, the Chancellor; Stein, a former Prussian minister; Armfeldt, a Swedish general; Pfuel, the chief author of the plan of campaign; Paulucci, an adjutant general and Sardinian emigre; Wolzogen- and many others.