the head or leader of an organized body of people; the person highest in authority: the chief of police.
the head or ruler of a tribe or clan: an Indian chief.
Chief, U.S. Army. a title of some advisers to the Chief of Staff, who do not, in most instances, command the troop units of their arms or services: Chief of Engineers;Chief Signal Officer.
Informal: Sometimes Offensive. boss or leader: We'll have to talk to the chief about this.
the upper area of an escutcheon.
an ordinary occupying this area.
highest in rank or authority: the chief priest; the chief administrator.
most important; principal: his chief merit;the chief difficulty.
Archaic. chiefly; principally.
Idioms about chief
in the chief position; highest in rank (used in combination): editor in chief; commander in chief.
Heraldry. in the upper part of an escutcheon.
- chief·less, adjective
- chief·ship, noun
- sub·chief, noun
- un·der·chief, noun
- chef, chief
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How to use chief in a sentence
BlackRock chief investment officer of global fixed income Rick Rieder asks rhetorically in a note.
Over the past three months, the shop has seen three to four times the number of sales month over month, according to Rob DeChiaro, chief digital officer of Golf.‘One endless loop’: How Golf is using its new retail marketplace as a first-party data play | Kayleigh Barber | September 16, 2020 | Digiday
If all that weren’t enough, Dalio lost an arbitration fight with ex-staffers, is feuding with his former co-chief executive and has axed dozens of employees.The losses continue to pile up for hedge fund king Ray Dalio | Bernhard Warner | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
The former president and CEO of Bank Leumi, Israel’s largest bank by market cap, says no chief executive “should sit in their chair for dozens of years.”She was one of the world’s few female bank CEOs. Now she’s founding a fintech venture group | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
That’s now halved to four, said chief revenue officer Josh Stinchcomb.‘Without the luxury of time’: The Wall Street Journal rolls out new products for the fast-tempo ad market | Lucinda Southern | September 15, 2020 | Digiday
“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 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is a blow against freedom of speech, we were told, by the likes of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
That act forever sealed his feeling for the chief, bound it up with the war, with violence, with the gun.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is skilful in seizing salient characteristics, and her chief aim is to preserve the individuality of her sitters and models.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
M'Bongo, the great chief of this neighbourhood, paid a ceremonial visit to my husband.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
But,” said the prime minister of Flatland, starting a difficulty, “who is to be greatest chief?The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
But it was not only as an organiser and transmitter of orders that Berthier proved his usefulness to his chief.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
By the end of the campaign of 1796 he had proved that he was as great a chief of the staff as Bonaparte was a great commander.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for chief
the head, leader, or most important individual in a group or body of people
another word for chieftain (def. 2)
heraldry the upper third of a shield
in chief primarily; especially
most important; principal
highest in rank or authority
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