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[he-fe; English hey-fey] /ˈhɛ fɛ; English ˈheɪ feɪ/
noun, plural jefes
[he-fes; English hey-feyz] /ˈhɛ fɛs; English ˈheɪ feɪz/ (Show IPA).
leader; chief; boss. Unabridged
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  • By this time a baby sister had arrived, and we found it impossible longer to resist the pressing hospitalities of the jefe.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The jefe (“Hefy”) within his Distrito has the power of life and death.

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
  • The officials were dissatisfied that my order was not signed by the jefe of their district and dated from San Carlos.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • We have described our delightful encounter with the jefe of Isla de Mujeres.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • In the afternoon, at four o'clock, we betook ourselves to the jefe's house to see the dance.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • He said that he had been to see the jefe, and that the jefe said my wishes must be obeyed.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • This was the opportunity which had been promised them for redeeming themselves and avoiding complaint to their jefe.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • While we were in Tehuantepec the jefe received notice of his father's death.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • On and on we walked, until, at last, the jefe himself impatiently demanded of our guide how far we had to go.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • This we did, although we found our jefe still gentle, mild, and slow.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
British Dictionary definitions for jefe


/Spanish ˈxefe/
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader
Word Origin
Spanish, from French chefchief
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