sous-chef

[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

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Word Origin and History for sous chef

sous chef

n.

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

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