AskDefine | Define chief

Dictionary Definition

chief 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" [syn: chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a)]

Noun

1 a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation" [syn: head, top dog]
2 a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman" [syn: foreman, gaffer, honcho, boss]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From chief (modern: chef).

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A leader or respected elder in a tribe.
    They came to the chief to resolve their dispute.
  2. The head of an organization.
    All firefighters report to the fire chief.
  3. A horizontal band across the top of a shield.
    • 1889, Charles Norton Elvin, A Dictionary of Heraldry:
      When the Chief is Charged with any figure, in blazon it is said to be "On a Chief".

Translations

leader or respected elder in a tribe
head of an organization

Adjective

  1. Primary; principal.
    Negligence was the chief cause of the disaster.

See also

Extensive Definition

Chief may refer to:

Title or rank

Sports

Aircraft

Other meanings

chief in Japanese: チーフ

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