- the upper area of an escutcheon.
- an ordinary occupying this area.
OTHER WORDS FOR chief
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.
Origin of chief
synonym study for chief
OTHER WORDS FROM chiefchiefless, adjectivechiefship, nounsubchief, nounun·der·chief, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chiefchef, chief
How to use chief in a sentence
And of all the humble-minded, kindly-spirited individuals that ever sat at our tea-table, the chiefest was Hyde Stockhausen.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
But the times were full of lessons, and the chiefest and most heeded among them was the lesson of union.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene
She foresaw a thousand difficulties, but, chiefest of all, that he did not love as she did.Stories in Light and Shadow|Bret Harte
There were many engineering difficulties to be overcome, the chiefest of which was the bridging of the Motagua River.Guatemala, the country of the future|Charles M. Pepper
Morse had intended to make a recording telegraph distinctively; it was to his mind its chiefest value.Steam Steel and Electricity|James W. Steele
British Dictionary definitions for chief
- most important; principal
- highest in rank or authority