chiefship

chief

[cheef]
noun
1.
the head or leader of an organized body of people; the person highest in authority: the chief of police.
2.
the head or ruler of a tribe or clan: an Indian chief.
3.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Army. a title of some advisers to the Chief of Staff, who do not, in most instances, command the troop units of their arms or services: Chief of Engineers; Chief Signal Officer.
4.
Informal. boss or leader: We'll have to talk to the chief about this.
5.
Heraldry.
a.
the upper area of an escutcheon.
b.
an ordinary occupying this area.
adjective
6.
highest in rank or authority: the chief priest; the chief administrator.
7.
most important; principal: his chief merit; the chief difficulty.
adverb
8.
Archaic. chiefly; principally.
Idioms
9.
in chief,
a.
in the chief position; highest in rank (used in combination): editor in chief; commander in chief.
b.
Heraldry. in the upper part of an escutcheon.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French chief, chef, Old French chef < Vulgar Latin *capum, re-formation of Latin caput head

chiefless, adjective
chiefship, noun
subchief, noun
underchief, noun

chef, chief.


7. foremost, leading, prime, paramount, cardinal. See capital1.


6. subordinate.
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chief (tʃiːf)
 
n
1.  the head, leader, or most important individual in a group or body of people
2.  another word for chieftain
3.  heraldry the upper third of a shield
4.  in chief primarily; especially
 
adj
5.  (prenominal)
 a.  most important; principal
 b.  highest in rank or authority
 
adv
6.  archaic principally
 
[C13: from Old French, from Latin caput head]

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chief
c.1300 (n. and adj.), from O.Fr. chief "leader, ruler, head" (of something), from L.L. capum, from L. caput "head" (see head).
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