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"
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
chēf, adj. head: principal, highest, first: (Scot.) intimate.—adv. chiefly.—n. a head or principal person: a leader: the principal part or top of anything: (her.) an ordinary, consisting of the upper part of the field cut off by a horizontal line, generally made to occupy one-third of the area of the shield.—ns. Chief′-bar′on, the President of the Court of Exchequer; Chief′dom, Chief′ship, state of being chief: sovereignty; Chief′ery, an Irish chieftaincy: the dues paid to a chief; Chief′ess, a female chief; Chief′-jus′tice (see Justice).—adj. Chief′less, without a chief or leader.—adv. Chief′ly, in the first place: principally: for the most part.—ns. Chief′ry, a rent paid to the supreme lord: a chief's lands; Chief′tain, the head of a clan: a leader or commander:—fem. Chief′tainess; Chief′taincy, Chief′tainship; Chief′tainry.—In chief (her.) means that the charge is borne in the upper part of the shield: applied to holding land directly from the sovereign: at the head, as commander-in-chief. [Fr. chef—L. caput, the head.]
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
The numerical value of chief in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of chief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
If Chief Executive Les Moonves are Chief Executive Les Moonves, Chief Executive Les Moonves may pay more for ad-free.
The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.
I believe the next president of the United States needs to be a good commander-in-chief. I know I could be a good commander-in-chief.
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
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Translations for chief
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- قائد, رئيس, شيخ, مديرArabic
- шеф, вожд, ръководител, главен, началник, основенBulgarian
- cap, principalCatalan, Valencian
- náčelník, šéf, hlavníCzech
- Häuptling, Boss, primär, hauptsächlich, ChefGerman
- κύριος, αρχηγόςGreek
- فرنشین, مدیرPersian
- ceannardScottish Gaelic
- xefe, principalGalician
- ard-ghooinney, ard-erManx
- チーフ, 長Japanese
- prīnceps, summumLatin
- rangatira, ariki, whakataka, poumatua, matuaMāori
- wódz, szefPolish
- manda-chuva, chefe, líderPortuguese
- șef, căpetenieRomanian
- вождь, руководитель, шеф, главный, начальник, основнойRussian
- poglavar, šef, poglavica, vođaSerbo-Croatian
- inhloko, inkosiZulu
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