- the upper area of an escutcheon.
- an ordinary occupying this area.
- chief agglutinin,
- chief cell,
- chief constable,
- chief cook and bottlewasher,
- chief education officer
- in the chief position; highest in rank (used in combination): editor in chief; commander in chief.
- Heraldry.in the upper part of an escutcheon.
Origin of chief
Examples from the Web for chief
“Having been a legislator and a mayor, I particularly enjoy being a chief executive,” he said.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“You can imagine the sound of that gun on a Bronx street,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says.
Take the chief metric of the war in Vietnam—body counts, which ultimately did not answer whether the strategy was working.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That act forever sealed his feeling for the Chief, bound it up with the war, with violence, with the gun.
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.
Carlier said to Kayerts in a careless tone: "I say, chief, I might just as well give him a lift with this lot into the store."Tales of Unrest|Joseph Conrad
The chief thought left by that meeting was: "Is that how he begins to everyone?"Beyond|John Galsworthy
In this place the chief judge sat; his assessors had their seats on wooden benches along the walls.Secret Societies of the Middle Ages|Thomas Keightley
Then he called the chief treasurer, who came forward with a golden tray in his hand.Twilight Land|Howard Pyle
Carefully, silently, the chief crawled down from the rock, which immediately became again a small stone.Basutoland|Minnie Martin
- most important; principal
- highest in rank or authority
Word Origin for chief
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.