- the upper area of an escutcheon.
- an ordinary occupying this area.
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Idioms for chief
- in the chief position; highest in rank (used in combination): editor in chief; commander in chief.
- Heraldry. in the upper part of an escutcheon.
Origin of chief
synonym study for chief
OTHER WORDS FROM chiefchief·less, adjectivechief·ship, nounsub·chief, nounun·der·chief, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chiefchef chief
Words nearby chief
Example sentences from the Web for sub-chief
He was sub-chief of Morelia, and is often mentioned in the Truth charges.The Putumayo, The Devil's Paradise|Walter Hardenburg
Finally in desperation the sub-chief had demanded that Kolinsky furnish a more practical scheme.Trusia|Davis Brinton
The next case called was a young man who had stolen the daughter of a sub-chief.Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains|A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
The principal chief or sub-chief among the warriors was Tootooch.The Log School-House on the Columbia|Hezekiah Butterworth
The second assistant to a second assistant of a sub-chief of a sub-division may have entered.The Personality of American Cities|Edward Hungerford
British Dictionary definitions for sub-chief
- most important; principal
- highest in rank or authority