chief

chief1 [ tʃif ] adjective only before noun ***
1. ) main or most important:
The majority of the market has gone to their chief rival, Gateway.
Unemployment was the chief cause of poverty during the 1930s.
Dana had always considered her looks her chief asset.
2. ) highest in authority, position, or rank:
Keith joined the company as chief industrial engineer.
the government's chief negotiator at the talks
Chief Justice William Rehnquist
chief
chief 2 [ tʃif ] noun count ***
1. ) the person who is in charge of an organization or department, or who has the main responsibility for something:
The high-powered delegation includes military and foreign intelligence chiefs.
chief of: the chief of the Red Cross mission in the war zone
2. ) the leader of a group of people who have the same customs, beliefs, and language and live in a particular area: CHIEFTAIN
too many chiefs (and not enough Indians) INFORMAL
used for saying that there are too many people in charge of something and not enough people doing the work

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chief — 〈[ tʃi:f] m. 6; umg.〉 Anführer, Chef ● wer ist hier der Chief? [engl.] * * * Chief [tʃi:f ], der; s, s [engl. chief < afrz. chief (= frz. chef), ↑ Chef]: engl. Bez. für: Leiter, Oberhaupt; Häuptling. * * * Chief …   Universal-Lexikon

  • chief — [chēf] n. [ME chef, chief, leader < OFr < VL * capum < L caput, HEAD] 1. the head or leader of a group, organization, etc.; person of highest title or authority 2. Archaic the most valuable or main part of anything 3. Heraldry the upper… …   English World dictionary

  • Chief — Chief, a. 1. Highest in office or rank; principal; head. Chief rulers. John. xii. 42. [1913 Webster] 2. Principal or most eminent in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; taking the lead; most important; as, the chief… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chief — [tʃi:f] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. chief, dies aus altfr. chief (fr. chef), vgl. ↑Chef> engl. Bez. für Chef, Oberhaupt, Häuptling …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • chief — c.1300 (n. and adj.), from O.Fr. chief leader, ruler, head of something, capital city (10c., Mod.Fr. chef), from L.L. capum, from L. caput head, also leader, chief, person, summit, capital city (Cf. Sp., Port. cabo, It. capo; see HEAD (Cf. head)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chief — CIF/ s. m. şef, conducător. (< engl. chief) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

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