Translation of chief in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /tʃiːf/


  • 1.1 (head) jefe, (masculine, feminine), líder (masculine and feminine) chief of police jefe de policía the great white chief el gran jefe or (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar] el mero mero too many chiefs and not enough Indians muchos jefes y pocos trabajadores
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    • 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.
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    • 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/familiar] jefe, (masculine, feminine) 1.3 (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], (as form of address/como título de cortesía) jefe, , patrón,
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    • 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.


(before noun, no comparative/delante del nombre, sin comparativo)

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The National Police (Policía Nacional) was set up in Spain in 1976. Its members patrol provincial capitals and big cities, which are responsible for its finance, administration, and recruitment. Although armed, it has never been considered a repressive force, unlike the Guardia Civil.