Definition of chiefly in English:


Line breaks: chief¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃiːfli


1Mainly: he is remembered chiefly for his organ sonatas
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  • The grapes here, mainly Piróvano, are chiefly sold as table grapes but some particularly alcoholic wine, both red and white, is made.
  • This is chiefly an issue for primary schools, both in Kingston and nationally.
  • They were primarily portraitists, but Thomas is now chiefly remembered for his dramatic Boadicea monument at Westminster Bridge, London, showing the fearsome warrior queen in her chariot.
1.1For the most part; mostly: an audience consisting chiefly of women between the ages of 18 and 54
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  • Biological products (which consist chiefly of larva-killing bacteria) as well as pesticide chemicals, may be used.
  • In recent years, this group has consisted chiefly of conservatives unhappy with what they viewed as an unwarranted expansion of federal authority.
  • I once met an Algerian in Blackpool who expressed surprise that England consisted chiefly of carnival rides, ice-cream parlours and amusement arcades.

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