[soo-shef; French soo-shef]

noun, plural sous-chefs [soo-shefs; French soo-shef] /ˈsuˌʃɛfs; French suˈʃɛf/.

the second in command in a kitchen; the person ranking next after the head chef.

Nearby words

  1. soursop,
  2. sourveld,
  3. sourwood,
  4. sous chef,
  5. sous vide,
  6. sous-sous,
  7. sous-vide,
  8. sousa,
  9. sousa, john philip,
  10. sousaphone

Origin of sous-chef

< French, equivalent to sous under (< Latin subtus (adv.) underneath, below) + chef chef Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for sous chef

sous chef


early 19c., from French sous, from Old French soz (10c.), from Latin subtus "under, below" (see sub-) + chef.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper