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chief justice

noun
  1. Law. the presiding judge of a court having several members.
  2. (initial capital letters) Official title Chief Justice of the United States. the presiding judge of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Origin of chief justice

First recorded in 1685–95
Related formschief jus·tice·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for chief justice

Historical Examples of chief justice

  • As Chief-justice, he was the head of the Judicial department.

    Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather

    Charles W. Upham

  • Chief-Justice Jay was sent to London to confer with the king, which he did.

  • Your late Chief-Justice Broderick is here, and they say violent as a tiger.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • "I beg your pardon, again, brother Downright," interrupted the chief-justice.

    The Monikins

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • Meditation, chief-justice, delivered the opinion of the bench.

    The Monikins

    J. Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for chief justice

chief justice

noun
  1. (in any of several Commonwealth countries) the judge presiding over a supreme court
  2. (in the US) the presiding judge of a court composed of a number of members
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Derived Formschief justiceship, noun
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