[ he-fe; English hey-fey ]

noun,plural je·fes [he-fes; English hey-feyz]. /ˈhɛ fɛs; English ˈheɪ feɪz/. Spanish.
  1. leader; chief; boss.

Words Nearby jefe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use jefe in a sentence

  • Although he fractured his knee and broke his left arm, “El jefe” quickly reassured the Cuban people that he was still in charge.

  • I passed the jefe myself on the City Hall steps, and heard him b-r-r-ring like a dynamo.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • It was scarcely more than noonday when we reached Nochixtlan, where the jefe of the district lives.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) | Frederick Starr
  • Rarely, however, have we encountered one so prompt and energetic as Javier Cordova, then jefe of the district of Tlaxiaco.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) | Frederick Starr
  • We had not provided ourselves with orders from the jefe of the district, as Villa Alta, the jefatura, lay far out of our course.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) | Frederick Starr
  • This was the opportunity which had been promised them for redeeming themselves and avoiding complaint to their jefe.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) | Frederick Starr

British Dictionary definitions for jefe


/ (Spanish ˈxefe) /

  1. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader

Origin of jefe

Spanish, from French chef chief

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