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[shef] /ʃɛf/
the chief cook, especially in a restaurant or hotel, usually responsible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen staff.
any cook.
Origin of chef
1835-45; < French; see chief
Can be confused
chef, chief. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chef
  • Every cook, be it an elite chef or an aspiring foodie, has a favorite pot.
  • One of my brothers is a chef and he loves to cook in it when he visits my kitchen.
  • If you know someone who likes to cook, you can't go wrong with a great chef's knife.
  • Regulars, it is said, can tell the chef by how the rice is shaped.
  • The former pastry chef studying for a fresh start as a clinical therapist.
  • The chef shows us the delicately-scented sesame oil in which he fries the battered seafood and vegetables.
  • Watching such a celebrated chef making something he loves for the people he loves was beyond exciting for me.
  • Because cooking is primarily a craft, dominated by artisans-or artists, if that's how you view what a chef does.
  • Almost every night her bespectacled old chef served him copious helpings of boiled lobster.
  • He said the chef had yet to arrive and the restaurant wouldn't open for a few hours.
British Dictionary definitions for chef


a cook, esp the principal cook in a restaurant
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French chief head, chief
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Contemporary definitions for chef
intransitive verb

to cook, esp. in a skilled or professional manner

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cheffed, cheffing's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for chef

"head cook," 1830, from French chef, short for chef de cuisine, literally "head of the kitchen," from Old French chief "leader, ruler, head" (see chief (n.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for chef



A person who prepares opium for smoking (1911+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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