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[soo-shef; French soo-shef]
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noun, plural sous-chefs [soo-shefs; French soo-shef] /ˈsuˌʃɛfs; French suˈʃɛf/.
  1. the second in command in a kitchen; the person ranking next after the head chef.
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Origin of sous-chef

< French, equivalent to sous under (< Latin subtus (adv.) underneath, below) + chef chef
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Word Origin and History for sous chef


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

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