Meaning of CHIEF in English


— chiefless , adj. — chiefship , n.

/cheef/ , n.

1. the head or leader of an organized body of people; the person highest in authority: the chief of police.

2. the head or ruler of a tribe or clan: an Indian chief.

3. ( cap. ) U.S. Army. a title of some advisers to the Chief of Staff, who do not, in most instances, command the troop units of their arms or services: Chief of Engineers; Chief Signal Officer.

4. Informal. boss or leader: We'll have to talk to the chief about this.

5. Heraldry.

a. the upper area of an escutcheon.

b. an ordinary occupying this area.

6. in chief ,

a. in the chief position; highest in rank (used in combination): editor in chief; commander in chief.

b. Heraldry. in the upper part of an escutcheon.


7. highest in rank or authority: the chief priest; the chief administrator.

8. most important; principal: his chief merit; the chief difficulty.


9. Archaic. chiefly; principally.

[ 1250-1300; ME chief, chef, OF chef capum, re-formation of L caput HEAD ]

Syn. 8. foremost, leading, prime, paramount, cardinal. See capital 1 .

Ant. 7. subordinate.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .