Definition of chief justice in English:

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chief justice


1(The title of) the presiding judge in a supreme court.
Example sentences
  • The Senate assembles as a court to try the president, with the Supreme Court chief justice acting as a judge without voting powers.
  • The Supreme Court chief justice only presides over the trial, he cannot vote when the case is up for resolution.
  • It will be presided over by the Supreme Court chief justice, who will act as the judge.
1.1 (Chief Justice of the United States) (The formal title of) the chief justice of the US Supreme Court.
Example sentences
  • The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court said: ‘Some current nominees have been waiting a considerable time for a Senate Judiciary Committee vote or a final floor vote.’
  • The Senate has confirmed him as Chief Justice of the United States.
  • Applications are heard and either denied or granted by a special court composed of seven Federal district court judges designated by the Chief Justice of the United States.

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Syllabification: chief jus·tice

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