Definitions for chieftʃif
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the head or leader of an organized body:
the chief of police.
the ruler of a tribe or clan:
an Indian chief.
Ref: boss1. 1
the upper area of a heraldic field.
(adj.)highest in rank or authority.
most important; principal:
the chief difficulty.
Idioms for chief:
in chief, highest in rank (used in combination):
commander in chief.
Category: Heraldry, Idiom
* Syn: See capital1.
Origin of chief:
1250–1300; < AF chief, chef < VL *capum, L caputhead
head, chief, top dog(noun)
a person who is in charge
"the head of the whole operation"
foreman, chief, gaffer, honcho, boss(noun)
a person who exercises control over workers
"if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
headman, tribal chief, chieftain, chief(adj)
the head of a tribe or clan
chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)(adj)
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the main or most common
the chief cause of divorce
the most senior
the chief executive
the person in charge
a tribal chief
A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc.
The top part of a shield or escutcheon.
A head officer in a department, organization etc.; a boss.
All firefighters report to the fire chief.
An informal address to an equal.
Negligence was the chief cause of the disaster.
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
the principal part; the most valuable portion
the upper third part of the field. It is supposed to be composed of the dexter, sinister, and middle chiefs
highest in office or rank; principal; head
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
very intimate, near, or close
The Chief was one of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Its route ran from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. The Chief was inaugurated as an all-Pullman limited train to supplement the road's California Limited, with a surcharge of USD $10.00 for an end-to-end trip. The heavyweight began its first run from both ends of the line, simultaneously, on November 14, 1926, scheduled 63 hours each way between Chicago and Los Angeles, five hours faster than the California Limited. The Chief was a success, dubbed "Extra Fast-Extra Fine-Extra Fare" though it failed to relieve traffic on the California Limited. The Chief became famous as a "rolling boudoir" for film stars and Hollywood executives. In 1954 the Chief reduced its schedule to equal its cousins, the Super Chief and El Capitan, and would ultimately drop the extra fare requirement as well. The Chief would have been the "crown jewel" of most railroads' passenger fleets. But it did not survive the national decline in passenger demand and its last run was on May 15, 1968.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the upper part of an escutcheon cut off by a horizontal line.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'chief' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1369
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'chief' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1977
Rank popularity for the word 'chief' in Nouns Frequency: #975
Rank popularity for the word 'chief' in Adjectives Frequency: #163
Anagrams of chief
Translations for chief
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
greatest in importance etc
the chief cause of disease.
- principalPortuguese (BR)
- ο κύριος, ο πιο σημαντικόςGreek
- مهمترین؛ عمدهFarsi
- רָאשִי, עִיקָרִיHebrew
- vrhovni, glavniCroatian
- aðal-; helsturIcelandic
- hoved-, over-, viktigstNorwegian
- مهمترین؛ عمدهPersian
- رئيس، مشر، دغوړى رتبې خښتن، مهم عمده، اساسىPashto
- huvud-, viktigastSwedish
- başlıca, en önemliTurkish
- 首要的Chinese (Trad.)
- найголовніший, основнийUkrainian
- بڑا ، مرکزیUrdu
- chủ yếuVietnamese
- 首要的Chinese (Simp.)
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