He was afraid the chiefest places of his enterprise might be attempted, and he should be undone.
It was Latin, she said, and it meant "the chiefest among sinners."
There were some 400 or 450 men aboard that ship, ten of the chiefest among whom I brought into my ship, to serve as hostages.
In the sheer youth of her (he realized) more than in aught else, lay her chiefest charm.
If it is good, it will clothe him better and feed him better, for this to him is the chiefest good in life.
Her society was his chiefest joy, and it is said that he ever remained faithful to her.
He seemed to be the chiefest spokesman of them all, and every one appeared very glad indeed to be friendly with him.
For this I hoped, for my life as it had become was no longer my chiefest good.
Angelo hath merited the chiefest commendation; next him Raph.
All your letter is delicious, but chiefest the last sentence where you say you like your Chaucer so much.
c.1300, "highest in rank or power; most important or prominent; supreme, best," from Old French chief "chief, principal, first" (10c., Modern French chef), from Vulgar Latin *capum (also source of Spanish and Portuguese cabo, Italian capo, Provençal cap), from Latin caput "head," also "leader, guide, chief person; summit; capital city" (see capitulum).
c.1300, "head, leader, captain; the principal or most important part of anything;" from Old French chief "leader, ruler, head" of something, "capital city" (10c., Modern French chef), from Vulgar Latin *capum, from Latin caput "head," also "leader, chief person; summit; capital city" (see capitulum). Meaning "head of a clan" is from 1570s; later extended to American Indian tribes. Commander-in-chief attested from 1660s.