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Chief of Staff

noun
1.
the senior officer of the U.S. Army or Air Force, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responsible to the secretary of a service branch.
2.
(lowercase) the senior or principal staff officer in a brigade or division or higher unit in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, in a numbered unit in the U.S. Air Force, or in a unit in the U.S. Navy commanded by a rear admiral or one of higher rank.
3.
(lowercase) the senior officer in command of a general staff, especially that of the military forces of a nation.
4.
(lowercase) the head of any staff:
the chief of staff for the First Lady.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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British Dictionary definitions for chief staff

Chief of Staff

noun
1.
the senior staff officer under the commander of a major military formation or organization
2.
the senior officer of each service of the armed forces
Abbreviation C of S, COS
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Slang definitions & phrases for chief staff

chief of staff

noun phrase

An army officer's wife (1970s+ Army)


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