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Meaning & Definition of Chief in English

English

Chief

/ʧif/

noun

1. A person who is in charge

  • "The head of the whole operation"
    synonym:
  • head
  • ,
  • chief
  • ,
  • top dog

2. A person who exercises control over workers

  • "If you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
    synonym:
  • foreman
  • ,
  • chief
  • ,
  • gaffer
  • ,
  • honcho
  • ,
  • boss

3. The head of a tribe or clan

    synonym:
  • headman
  • ,
  • tribal chief
  • ,
  • chieftain
  • ,
  • chief

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • chief(a)
  • ,
  • main(a)
  • ,
  • primary(a)
  • ,
  • principal(a)
  • ,
  • master(a)

Examples of using

Life experience is the chief body of knowledge.
Critique of Pure Reason is German philosopher Immanuel Kant's chief literary work.
The section chief accepted the offer.