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sous-chef

[soo-shef; French soo-shef] /ˈsuˌʃɛf; French suˈʃɛf/
noun, plural sous-chefs
[soo-shefs; French soo-shef] /ˈsuˌʃɛfs; French suˈʃɛf/ (Show IPA)
1.
the second in command in a kitchen; the person ranking next after the head chef.
Origin of sous-chef
< French, equivalent to sous under (< Latin subtus (adv.) underneath, below) + chef chef
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n.

early 19c., from French sous, from Old French soz (10c.), from Latin subtus "under, below" (see sub-) + chef.

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