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CHIEF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does chief mean? 

CHIEF (noun)
  The noun CHIEF has 2 senses:

1. a person who is in charge
2. a person who exercises control over workers

  Familiarity information: CHIEF used as a noun is rare.


CHIEF (adjective)
  The adjective CHIEF has 1 sense:

1. most important element

  Familiarity information: CHIEF used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHIEF (noun)


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Meaning:

A person who is in charge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

chief; top dog; head

Context example:

the head of the whole operation

Hypernyms ("chief" is a kind of...):

leader (a person who rules or guides or inspires others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "chief"):

head of household (the head of a household or family or tribe)

grand dragon (a high ranking person in the Ku Klux Klan)

general manager (the highest ranking manager)

general; superior general (the head of a religious order or congregation)

don; father (the head of an organized crime family)

department head (the head of a department)

capo (the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate)

administrator; decision maker (someone who administers a business)

administrator; executive (someone who manages a government agency or department)

secretary (a person who is head of an administrative department of government)


Sense 2chief [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who exercises control over workers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

boss; foreman; honcho; chief; gaffer

Context example:

if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman

Hypernyms ("chief" is a kind of...):

supervisor (one who supervises or has charge and direction of)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "chief"):

baas (South African term for 'boss')

ganger (the foreman of a work gang)

assistant foreman; straw boss (a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers)


CHIEF (adjective)


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Meaning:

Most important element

Synonyms:

chief; main; principal; primary

Context examples:

the chief aim of living / the main doors were of solid glass / the principal rivers of America / the principal example / policemen were primary targets

Similar:

important; of import (of great significance or value)


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