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British English: /tʃiːf/
American English: /tʃif/

Translation of chief in German:


  • 2 (of department)
    Leiter, der
    [colloquial] (one's superior, boss)
    Chef, der
    Boss, der
    chief of police
    Polizeipräsident, der
    chief of staff (of a service)
  • 3in chief postpos.
  • 4
    Schildhaupt, das

adjective usu. attrib.

  • 1
    chief priest
    Oberpriester, der
    chief clerk
    Bürochef, der
    chief engineer
    erster Maschinist
    [Lord] Chief Justice (British English)
    [Lord] Oberrichter, der
  • 2
    (first in importance, influence, etc.)
    chief reason/aim
    (Hauptgrund der, -ziel das)
    his chief crime
    das Schlimmste, was er sich Dat. geleistet hat
    his chief hope
    seine größte Hoffnung
  • 3
    (prominent, leading)
    chief culprit
    Hauptschuldige, der/die
    chief offender
    (Haupttäter der, -täterin die)

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