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Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Meaning of "chief" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CHIEF

From Old French, from Latin caput head.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CHIEF

chief  [tʃiːf] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CHIEF

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Chief can act as a noun, an adjective and an adverb.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES CHIEF MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of chief in the English dictionary

The first definition of chief in the dictionary is the head, leader, or most important individual in a group or body of people. Other definition of chief is the upper third of a shield. Chief is also most important; principal.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CHIEF


beef
biːf
belief
bɪˈliːf
brief
briːf
commander-in-chief
kəˌmɑːndəʳɪnˈtʃiːf
disbelief
ˌdɪsbɪˈliːf
editor-in-chief
ˌɛdɪtəʳɪntˈʃiːf
examination-in-chief
ɪɡˌzæmɪˈneɪʃ ənɪnˌtʃiːf
grief
ɡriːf
leaf
liːf
lief
liːf
massif
ˈmæsiːf
motif
məʊˈtiːf
reef
riːf
relief
rɪˈliːf
sharif
ʃæˈriːf
sheaf
ʃiːf
sportif
spɔːˈtiːf
subchief
ˈsʌbˌtʃiːf
Tenerife
ˌtɛnəˈriːf
thief
θiːf

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CHIEF

chidingly
chidlings
chief academic officer
chief assistant
chief constable
Chief Education Officer
chief engineer
chief executive
chief executive officer
chief inspector
chief inspector of schools
chief justice
chief justiceship
chief master sergeant
chief of police
Chief of Staff
chief of state
chief operating officer
chief petty officer
chief priest

WORDS THAT END LIKE CHIEF

big Chief
big White Chief
car thief
commander in chief
commanders in chief
editor in chief
examine-in-chief
fire chief
handkerchief
in chief
infangthief
kerchief
mischief
neckerchief
outfangthief
paper handkerchief
pocket-handkerchief
police chief
sneak thief
tenant-in-chief

Synonyms and antonyms of chief in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CHIEF»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «chief» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of chief

Translation of «chief» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CHIEF

Find out the translation of chief to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of chief from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «chief» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

首要的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

jefe
570 millions of speakers

English

chief
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रमुख
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

رَئِيسيّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

старший
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

chefe
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নেতা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

principal
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ketua
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

wichtigster
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

主要な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

제1의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

wong kang mimpin
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

trưởng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தலைமை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मुख्य
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

şef
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

capo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

główny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

головний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

șef
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κύριος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Hoof
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

huvud-
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

sjefs-
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of chief

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CHIEF»

The term «chief» is very widely used and occupies the 288 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CHIEF» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «chief» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «chief» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about chief

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10 QUOTES WITH «CHIEF»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word chief.
1
Jack Adams
A chief petty officer taught me shorthand, which got me promoted to yeoman first class.
2
Alfred Adler
The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
3
Anacharsis
Every man is his own chief enemy.
4
Richard Dean Anderson
I've been working with them for a couple years and a couple of projects. Essentially Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is the chief litigator for this corporation, this Alliance, and their job is to prosecute corporate polluters of the great bodies of water in North America.
5
Gaston Bachelard
If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.
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John Barrasso
For people who don't know me, I practiced medicine in Casper, Wyoming for 25 years as an orthopedic surgeon, taking care of families in Wyoming. I've been chief of staff of the largest hospital in our state. My wife is a breast cancer survivor.
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Napoleon Bonaparte
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
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Andre Breton
Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
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Mordecai Brown
Dad played with me a great deal, as dads should do, and our chief sport was baseball. He bought me a hardball when I was three years old, and he used to sit in a rocker on the front porch while I sat on the grass in the yard, and we'd play catch by the hour.
10
Wilfred Burchett
The police chief of Hiroshima welcomed me eagerly as the first Allied correspondent to reach the city.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CHIEF»

Discover the use of chief in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to chief and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Chief Fire Officer's Desk Reference
This comprehensive volume covers every topic of interest to fire service officers. Every fire department needs this book!
John M. Buckman, III, 2005
2
The Chief: A Highland Guard Novel
From the Paperback edition.
Monica McCarty, 2010
3
The Ransom of Red Chief
Two men kidnap a mischievous boy and request a large ransom for his return.
O. Henry, 2008
4
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic ...
This classic work proves the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one, that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
Galileo Galilei, 1953
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Mankiller: A Chief and Her People
The first female chief of a large tribe, the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, tells her life story, from her childhood on Mankiller Flats to her struggle to lead her people into a new century.
Michael Wallis, 2000
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Quanah Parker, Comanche Chief
In this crisp and readable biography, William T Hagan presents a well-balanced portrait of Quanah Parker, the chief, and Quanah, the man torn between two worlds.
William T. Hagan, 2012
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Red Cloud: Photographs of a Lakota Chief
"These images reveal much about Red Cloud - from the height of his position as a tribal leader in the 1870s through his years as an effective and controversial statesman to his old age and death in the early twentieth century.
Frank Henry Goodyear, 2003
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Chief: my life in the LAPD
The author recounts his forty-three-year career in the L.A.P.D. and discusses the Watts riots, the Hillside Strangler, Patty Hearst, and the Rodney King case
Daryl F. Gates, Diane K. Shah, 1993
9
Sun Chief: The Autobiography of a Hopi Indian, Second Edition
In a new Foreword, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert situates the book within contemporary Hopi studies, exploring how scholars have used the book since its publication more than seventy years ago.
Don C. Talayesva, Leo W. Simmons, 2013
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Chief: The Life History of Eugene Delorme, Imprisoned Santee ...
This is Delorme's story, recorded by his friend of many years, Inez Cardozo-Freeman. They first met in 1978 when Delorme was in the Washington State Penitentiary.
Eugene P. Delorme, Inéz Cardozo-Freeman, 1994

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CHIEF»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term chief is used in the context of the following news items.
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First Nations chief Bellegarde calls for reconciliation
MONTREAL — National Chief Perry Bellegarde is urging First Nations and other Canadians to push for reconciliation at the polls this fall. «Toronto Star, Jul 15»
2
Obama Greets Vietnam's Communist Party Chief at White House
The head of Vietnam's Communist Party paid an unprecedented visit to the White House on Tuesday as the Obama administration pushes to ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
3
New chief executive Martyn Phillips wants WRU to be more inclusive
The new Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips is unveiled at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Huw Evans/REX ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
4
Ex-Fonterra chief executive Craig Norgate dies
The Prime Minister and All Blacks have joined those paying respects to Fonterra's first chief executive, who has died suddenly after a medical ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
5
Former Clayton Police Chief to retire rather than head 911
Former Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter said Tuesday he intends to retire rather than run the county's 911 operation. Porter's decision ... «Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jul 15»
6
Sentry shakeup: Chief investment officer Dennis Mitchell …
Phil Yuzpe, Sentry's president and chief operating officer, reassured the reasoning was not in connection with Mr. Mitchell's management of the ... «The Globe and Mail, Jul 15»
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Compton fire chief put on administrative leave following Times reports
Compton Fire Chief Jon Thompson was put on administrative leave Tuesday following a series of Times reports on shortcomings at the fire ... «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
8
Handshake games are back in chief executive guessing
Handshake games are back in chief executive guessing. "Hi, I'm John Tsang Chun-wah and I'm running for chief executive." The financial ... «South China Morning Post, Jul 15»
9
Commission selects current deputy chief to serve as Branford fire chief
Branford Fire Deputy Chief Thomas Mahoney (center) is presented an award by Jack Mushin at the Connecticut's Bravest Award Ceremony in ... «New Haven Register, Jul 15»
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Vote for new Abbeville police chief ends in two tie votes
The City of Abbeville attempted to hire a new police chief without success Monday night. Abbeville Mayor Jim Giganit said the city council voted ... «Dothan Eagle, Jul 15»

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