• WordNet 3.6
    • adj chief most important element "the chief aim of living","the main doors were of solid glass","the principal rivers of America","the principal example","policemen were primary targets","the master bedroom","a master switch"
    • n chief a person who exercises control over workers "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
    • n chief a person who is in charge "the head of the whole operation"
    • n chief the head of a tribe or clan
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Additional illustrations & photos:

an Asiatic Chief is Presented to KhnÛmhotpÛ By Nofirhoptu, and by Khiti, the Superintendent of The Huntsmen an Asiatic Chief is Presented to KhnÛmhotpÛ By Nofirhoptu, and by Khiti, the Superintendent of The Huntsmen
Sivora, the chief's wife, standing on the cliff edge Sivora, the chief's wife, standing on the cliff edge
Chief. Head of tribe. Absaroka Chief. Head of tribe. Absaroka
Chief. Head of tribe. Pai-Ute Chief. Head of tribe. Pai-Ute
Chief of a band. Pai-Ute Chief of a band. Pai-Ute
Chief. Shoshoni Chief. Shoshoni
A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fossilized bird droppings are one of the chief exports of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific
    • Chief Highest in office or rank; principal; head. "Chief rulers."
    • Chief Principal or most eminent in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; taking the lead; most important; as, the chief topic of conversation; the chief interest of man.
    • Chief The head or leader of any body of men; a commander, as of an army; a head man, as of a tribe, clan, or family; a person in authority who directs the work of others; the principal actor or agent.
    • Chief The principal part; the most valuable portion. "The chief of the things which should be utterly destroyed."
    • Chief (Her) The upper third part of the field. It is supposed to be composed of the dexter, sinister, and middle chiefs.
    • Chief Very intimate, near, or close. "A whisperer separateth chief friends."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There was a 19th century Native American tribal chief who went under the name, "Not Able to Fornicate."
    • n chief A head; the head or upper part of anything.
    • n chief The person highest in authority; the head or head man. Specifically— A military commander; the person who leads an army.
    • n chief A principal, leader, or director in general; especially, the hereditary or the chosen head of a clan or tribe: used as a title particularly for the heads of Scottish Highland clans, and for the controlling or governing heads of uncivilized or semi-civilized tribes.
    • n chief The principal officer of a bureau or division of the civil service, or of an editorial staff, newspaper office, mercantile establishment, or other organized body.
    • n chief The principal or most important part or portion; the bulk or larger part of one thing or of many.
    • n chief In heraldry, the head or upper part of the escutcheon, from side to side, cut off horizontally by a straight line, and containing properly a third part of the dimensions of the escutcheon. It is one of the honorable ordinaries, and is commonly considered as divided into dexter, sinister, and middle, the charges upon it being thus blazoned.
    • n chief The prime; the most important part.
    • n chief At the head; in the principal or highest position or office: as, the commander-in-chief.
    • n chief In heraldry, charged upon the upper part of the shield: a term generally used when the chief itself is not indicated
    • n chief Directly: said of land tenure: as, to hold land in chief (to hold it directly from the sovereign by honorable personal services).
    • n chief In direct or original procedure: as, an examination in chief. See examination.
    • n chief Synonyms Chief, Chieftain, Commander, Leader, Head, Chief, literally the head, is applied to one who occupies the highest rank in military or civil matters: as, an Indian chief; a military chief; the chief of a department in the civil service; a party chief. Chieftain is now mostly poetic, and is sometimes used in prose where the leadership is peculiarly suggestive of the past: as, a Highland chieftain. A commander is one who issues commands to a body or organization of a military or naval character, or has authority over it: as, the commander of the army in the East; the commander of the Asiatic squadron. A leader is the head of a party or faction, or one who conducts some special undertaking, perhaps actually going at the head: as, the leader of the House of Commons; the leader of the Conservative or Republican party; the leader of the storming party or forlorn hope; a leader of fashion. Head is applied to the chief of a tribe or family or profession: as, the head of the house of Cavendish; the head of the church; the head of the bar.
    • chief Highest in office, authority, rank, or estimation; placed above the rest; principal: as, a chief priest; the chief butler.
    • chief Hence— Principal or most eminent, in any quality or action; such that others (things, persons, particulars of any kind) are by comparison inferior or subordinate; most important; leading; main; most conspicuous.
    • chief Intimate; near; close.
    • chief Synonyms First, paramount, supreme, cardinal, capital, prime, vital, especial, essential, great, grand.
    • chief Chiefly. Thomson.
    • n chief The senior general-staff officer on the staff of the commander of an army, army-corps, division, or department.
    • n chief The senior officer on the personal staff of a flag-officer in command of a fleet or squadron. When practicable, he is senior in rank to all other officers under command of the flag-officer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tallest freestanding sculpture in the world is Chief Crazy Horse in South Dakota, USA
    • adj Chief chēf head: principal, highest, first:
    • adv Chief chiefly
    • n Chief a head or principal person: a leader: the principal part or top of anything:
    • adj Chief chēf (Scot.) intimate
    • n Chief (her.) an ordinary, consisting of the upper part of the field cut off by a horizontal line, generally made to occupy one-third of the area of the shield
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  • Alfred Adler
    “The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “The jack-of-all-trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim.”
  • John D. Rockefeller
    “Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim.”
  • Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    “The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.”
  • Voltaire
    “One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.”


Too many chiefs and not enough Indians - When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are two many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chief, chef, OF. chief, F. chef, fr. L. caput, head, possibly akin to E. head,. Cf. Captain Chapter


In literature:

Here also the chief sits by day, and public business is done.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Round the chief's hut there were always about thirty men on guard, for every great chief feared being assassinated.
"The White Chief of the Caffres" by A.W. Drayson
Sapazani, the powerful chief of that section, was the most conservative of Zulus, and discouraged any sort of aping of European ways.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
The chief's words had pretty well summed up the situation.
"A Frontier Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
Yet, do you seek the kraal of the chief, Sirayo?
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
Cochrane, 227; made chief trader, 1833, and chief factor, 1844, 227; Simpson's letters to, 261-262.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Give the chief idea of the first commandment 202 H.T.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Who is your chief, and where is he?
"The White Shield" by Bertram Mitford
How can Nteya, or any other subordinate chief, refuse to join when called upon by Kreli, the Chief Paramount.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Speed us on our journey, chief.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley

In poetry:

"Did earth ever see
On thy prairie's line
Tribes older than thine,
Old Chief of the Cree?"
"Cree Fairies" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Out from Jerusalem
The king rode with his great
War chiefs and lords of state,
And Sheba's queen with them;
"King Solomon and the Ants" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O my chief good,
How shall I measure out thy bloud?
How shall I count what thee befell,
And each grief tell?
"Good Friday" by George Herbert
The scribe and angry priest
Reject thine only Son;
Yet on this Rock shall Zion rest,
As the chief corner-stone.
"Psalm 118" by Isaac Watts
"If you doubt my honesty,
Look at my receipt, Sir."
Up then jumps the old chief Clerk,
Smiling as he meets her.
"A Doe In The City" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The chief flower
Of the plum-tree of this isle
Opens to-night....
Come, singing to the moon,
In the third watch.
"Invitation" by Edward Powys Mathers

In news:

Osnos spent 18 years at the Washington Post, where he was variously Indochina bureau chief, Moscow correspondent, foreign editor , national editor and London bureau chief.
NEW YORK (AP) – Women's magazine Cosmopolitan on Tuesday named Marie Claire chief Joanna Coles editor in chief of its US edition, as Kate White steps down from the post after 14 years with the company.
NEW YORK—Women's magazine Cosmopolitan on Tuesday named Marie Claire chief Joanna Coles as editor-in-chief of its US edition, as Kate White steps down from the post after 14 years with the company.
Lundgren, the chief operating officer at Federated Department Stores -- which owns 460 stores, including the Bloomingdale's and Macy's chains -- was named the company's chief executive, effective today.
PELL CITY — Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burdette has applied for the fire chief 's position.
Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Ken Woods has been selected as the Ronny Jack Coleman Fire Chief of the Year by the California Fire Chief s Association (CFCA) during its annual conference in Sacramento.
The City Council unanimously approved posting the fire chief 's job after reappointing former Fire Chief Patrick Draper last month as city manager for the next four years.
Jeff Creed was appointed Interim Chief of the Chillicothe Fire Department, Sunday, after Chief Bruce Vaughan asked to be moved to the assistant chief position.
Retiring chief congratulates new Cambridge Fire Chief .
Village council congratulated Fire Chief David Lenz and Assistant Fire Chief John Shaver on the passing of the fire levy during the November election at a recent meeting.
Bonita Springs Assistant Fire Chief Joe Daigle will replace retiring Chief Phil Kinsey Jr on Jan - 10:48 pm.
DeMaine Kitchen, city chief of staff, and Fire Chief John O'Neill held the swearing in ceremony at the departments main fire station downtown.
From left are Firehouse Subs' Mark Gilbert, Assistant Fire Chief John Caussin, Battalion Chief Chris Schaff, Fire Chief Ron Mastin, Deputy Fire Chief James Walsh and Firehouse Subs' Dan Lowe Photo by Deb Cobb.
FORT WORTH , Texas—A police officer who served as chief of staff to Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead has been placed on "reduced status" following his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
Color Kinetics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CLRK) today announced that co-founder Ihor Lys will become chief scientist, and Fritz Morgan will be promoted to chief technology officer, effective April 1.

In science:

The chief goal of our paper is to improve likelihood ratio inference in Birnbaum– Saunders regressions when the number of observations available to the practitioner is small.
Improved Likelihood Inference in Birnbaum-Saunders Regressions
The chief aim of regression testing is to check that the results have not been altered by changes to the spreadsheet, or, where they have altered, to investigate the effects of the changes. It is important when adding new functionality to a spreadsheet, to make sure that the existing functionality is not affected.
When, why and how to test spreadsheets
Inclusive CKM-suppressed decays The large background from B → Xc ℓ+νℓ decays is the chief experimental limitation in determinations of |Vub |.
Averages of b-hadron and c-hadron Properties at the End of 2007
He noted a number of striking features of this network, chief among them the skewed distribution of citation frequency under which most papers received only a small number of citations but there was a “long tail” consisting of a few papers cited very many times.
The first-mover advantage in scientific publication
This spectrum, however, results from a complex interplay of individual pulsar spectra, of the spatial and age distributions of pulsars in the Galaxy, and on the assumption that the chief channel for pulsar spin down is magnetic dipole radiation.
Pulsars as the Sources of High Energy Cosmic Ray Positrons