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

Translation of chief in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (head)
    jefe, (-fa) (masculine, feminine)
    chief of police
    jefe de policía
    the great white chief
    el gran jefe or (Mexico) [colloquial] el mero mero
    too many chiefs and not enough Indians
    muchos jefes y pocos trabajadores
    Example sentences
    • And very few of them are presided over by local aristocrats or clan chiefs.
    • And even in Gaelic tales, the island earned fame for being the penal colony where clan chiefs put their enemies in exile.
    • Some clan chiefs hedged their bets and sent sons off to fight on opposing sides.
    Example sentences
    • Mickey's evidence comes from a bureau chief of one of the news organizations.
    • The discussions between the unions and council chiefs are deadlocked because the employers say they cannot afford to increase their offer.
    • Police chiefs say the federal government must first secure the country's borders.
    1.2 (boss) [colloquial]
    jefe, (-fa) (masculine, feminine)
    (British English) [colloquial] (as form of address)
    jefe, (-fa)
    patrón, (-trona)
    Example sentences
    • Ah, it's just the main troops, Timmy, nothing to worry about, chief!
    • Maybe at one time, chief, but the carpet cops have taken over.
    • There's a button on the left of your keyboard somewhere with the words ‘Caps Lock’ printed on it, chief.

adjective (before noun, no comparative)

  • Example sentences
    • The chief concern among skeptics is that young people are not mature or intelligent enough to vote properly.
    • Among the chief concerns is the bank's investment portfolio, which now makes up more than half of its assets.
    • Among the chief tactics of the fallen principalities and powers is the incitement of fear.

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