What does chief mean?

Definitions for chief
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. head, chief, top dognoun

    a person who is in charge

    "the head of the whole operation"

  2. foreman, chief, gaffer, honcho, bossnoun

    a person who exercises control over workers

    "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"

  3. headman, tribal chief, chieftain, chiefadjective

    the head of a tribe or clan

  4. chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)adjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. chiefnoun

    A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc.

  2. chiefnoun

    The top part of a shield or escutcheon.

  3. chiefnoun

    A head officer in a department, organization etc.; a boss.

    All firefighters report to the fire chief.

  4. chiefnoun

    An informal address to an equal.

    Hey, chief.

  5. chiefadjective

    Primary; principal.

    Negligence was the chief cause of the disaster.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chiefnoun

    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

  2. Chiefnoun

    the principal part; the most valuable portion

  3. Chiefnoun

    the upper third part of the field. It is supposed to be composed of the dexter, sinister, and middle chiefs

  4. Chiefadjective

    highest in office or rank; principal; head

  5. Chiefadjective

    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

  6. Chiefadjective

    very intimate, near, or close

Freebase

  1. Chief

    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

  1. Chief

    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

  1. Chief

    the upper part of an escutcheon cut off by a horizontal line.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. chief

    See COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. A common abbreviation.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. chief

    The head or leader of any band or community; a commander.

  2. chief

    In heraldry, an ordinary formed by a horizontal line occupying the upper part of the escutcheon. Any object borne in the upper or chief part of the shield is said to be in chief, though the chief be not divided off from the rest of the field as a separate portion.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chief' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1369

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chief' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1977

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chief' in Nouns Frequency: #975

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chief' in Adjectives Frequency: #163

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chief in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of chief in a Sentence

  1. John Sylvia:

    We were disappointed that with two members dissenting, the commission disregarded Chief Judge Murray's thoughtful analysis and ignored the great weight of the evidence in reversing on a single issue.

  2. Chris Edelson:

    Chief Justice Roberts seems to be in many cases taking a cautious approach deferential to the legislature, on health care and in his dissent on the marriage case, Roberts was reluctant to disturb decisions by elected officials.

  3. Eric Ueland:

    Leader McConnell is busy giving partisan speeches, while, for the last two-and-a-half hours, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Eric Ueland, Secretary of Treasury Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and chief of staff Meadows were sitting in a room, working hard, trying to narrow House Democrats differences and come to an agreement.

  4. Charles Kingsley:

    We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

  5. Chief Olsen:

    There comes a point where it's very possible, although we'll do our absolute best and risk our all to try to get to Chief Olsen, there may be instances where it's just not possible for us to do that.

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