editor in chief

noun, plural editors in chief.

the policy-making executive or principal editor of a publishing house, publication, etc.

Origin of editor in chief

First recorded in 1870–75
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  • I read your sermon with pleasure and gave a copy to our editor-in-chief.

  • He may edit a journal, but the government must be the editor-in-chief.

    To Cuba and Back

    Richard Henry Dana

  • The editor-in-chief said he might be in need of a man shortly.

    The "Genius"

    Theodore Dreiser

  • But you are about to be editor-in-chief of a newspaper; so be quiet, and behave properly, for my sake.

    The Magic Skin

    Honore de Balzac

  • Dr. Howe was one of its organizers, and for some time its editor-in-chief.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for editor in chief

editor in chief


the controlling editor of a publication
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