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Meaning of CHIEF

Pronunciation:  cheef

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
  2. [n]  a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"

CHIEF is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: boss, foreman, gaffer, head, honcho, top dog
 See Also: administrator, assistant foreman, baas, capo, decision maker, department head, executive, ganger, general manager, head of household, leader, paterfamilias, patriarch, secretary, straw boss, supervisor



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Chief\ (ch[=e]n), n. [OE. chief, chef, OF. chief, F.
    chef, fr. L. caput head, possibly akin to E. head. Cf.
    {Captain}, {Chapter}]
    1. 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. The principal part; the most valuable portion.
             The chief of the things which should be utterly
             destroyed.                            --1 Sam. xv.
    3. (Her.) The upper third part of the field. It is supposed
       to be composed of the dexter, sinister, and middle chiefs.
    {In chief}.
       (a) At the head; as, a commander in chief.
       (b) (Eng. Law) From the king, or sovereign; as, tenure in
           chief, tenure directly from the king.
    Syn: Chieftain; captain; general; commander; leader; head;
         principal; sachem; sagamore; sheik.
    Usage: {Chief}, {chieftain}, {Commander}, {Leader}. These
           words fluctuate somewhat in their meaning according to
           circumstances, but agree in the general idea of rule
           and authority. The term chief is now more usually
           applied to one who is a head man, leader, or commander
           in civil or military affairs, or holds a hereditary or
           acquired rank in a tribe or clan; as, the chief of
           police; the chief of an Indian tribe. A chieftain is
           the chief of a clan or tribe, or a military leader. A
           commander directs the movements of or has control over
           a body of men, as a military or naval force. A leader
           is one whom men follow, as in a political party, a
           legislative body, a military or scientific expedition,
           etc., one who takes the command and gives direction in
           particular enterprises.
  2. \Chief\, a.
    1. Highest in office or rank; principal; head. ``Chief
       rulers.'' --John. xii. 42.
    2. 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.
    3. Very intimate, near, or close. [Obs.]
             A whisperer separateth chief friends. --Prov. xvi.
    Syn: Principal; head; leading; main; paramount; supreme;
         prime; vital; especial; great; grand; eminent; master.
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