[ shef ]
/ ʃɛf /


the chief cook, especially in a restaurant or hotel, usually responsible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen staff.
any cook.

Origin of chef

From French, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at chief
Can be confusedchef chief Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chef


/ (ʃɛf) /


a cook, esp the principal cook in a restaurant

Word Origin for chef

C19: from French, from Old French chief head, chief
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