chief justice



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

Nearby words

  1. chief constable,
  2. chief cook and bottlewasher,
  3. chief education officer,
  4. chief executive,
  5. chief joseph,
  6. chief master sergeant,
  7. chief mate,
  8. chief of naval operations,
  9. chief of staff,
  10. chief of state

Origin of chief justice

First recorded in 1685–95

Related formschief jus·tice·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chief justice

chief justice


(in any of several Commonwealth countries) the judge presiding over a supreme court
(in the US) the presiding judge of a court composed of a number of members

Derived Formschief justiceship, noun

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