What does chief mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word chief.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. head, chief, top dog(noun)

    a person who is in charge

    "the head of the whole operation"

  2. 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"

  3. headman, tribal chief, chieftain, chief(adj)

    the head of a tribe or clan

  4. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. chief(Noun)

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

  2. chief(Noun)

    The top part of a shield or escutcheon.

  3. chief(Noun)

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

    All firefighters report to the fire chief.

  4. chief(Noun)

    An informal address to an equal.

    Hey, chief.

  5. chief(Adjective)

    Primary; principal.

    Negligence was the chief cause of the disaster.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chief(noun)

    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. Chief(noun)

    the principal part; the most valuable portion

  3. Chief(noun)

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

  4. Chief(adj)

    highest in office or rank; principal; head

  5. Chief(adj)

    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. Chief(adj)

    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

How to pronounce chief?

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How to say chief in sign language?

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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. Kevin Feldis:

    This is the first time we have charged Clean Water Act crimes for an actual discharge of oil into the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) off the coast of Alaska, as detailed in the court documents, witnesses saw a sheen off the side of the vessel after the chief engineer hooked up a pump to illegally dump oily bilge water overboard.

  2. Chris Whipple:

    This White House is one of the most dysfunctional in modern history, and I think a lot of that is on Trump, but a good deal of it is also on the chief of staff and the senior staff.

  3. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    After consultations with the defense minister, the chief of staff and Israel's top defense officials, we decided on powerful action against Hamas terrorism, the Israeli armed forces delivered the strongest blow against Hamas since (the 2014 Gaza war) and we will increase the intensity of our attacks as necessary.

  4. Bobby Kennedy:

    I went there because I was curious and disturbed by what I had seen in the evidence, i was disturbed that the wrong person might have been convicted of killing my father. My father was the chief law enforcement officer in this country.

  5. Alison Berry Wilkinson:

    When the chief saw how many there were that needed to be repaired, he was concerned it would raise suspicion with the city finance department, and so he then ordered the badges be returned to the officers with an instruction that the officers fix them.

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