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chief justice

  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

  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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