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.

Nearby words

  1. cheesewood,
  2. cheesy,
  3. cheetah,
  4. cheever,
  5. cheever, john,
  6. chef de cuisine,
  7. chef's knife,
  8. chef's salad,
  9. chef-d'oeuvre,
  10. cheffy

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

Examples from the Web for chef

British Dictionary definitions for chef



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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Word Origin and History for chef



"head cook," 1830, from French chef, short for chef de cuisine, literally "head of the kitchen," from Old French chief "leader, ruler, head" (see chief (n.)).

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