- 1A leader or ruler of a people or clan: the chief of the village the Tlingit chief [as title]: an island where Chief Seattle was bornMore 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.
- 1.1The person with the highest rank in an organization: a bureau chief the chief of policeMore 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.
- 1.2An informal form of address, especially to someone of superior rank or status: it’s quite simple, chiefMore 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.
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- 1Most important: the chief reason for the spending cuts chief among her concerns is working alone at nightMore 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.
- 1.1Having or denoting the highest rank or authority: the government’s chief adviserMore example sentences
- With him he had one of his chief advisers and commanders.
- He stayed with the brigade, rising through the ranks to chief fire officer, until it was disbanded when the works closed in 1982.
- He quickly moved through the ranks to become chief engineer by the outbreak of WWII.
chief cook and bottle-washer
- • informal A person who performs a variety of important but routine tasks.More example sentences
- In addition, every article thus far has banged on about the so-called great folk music revival, of which he, as chief cook and bottle-washer of the Fence Collective, is a key player.
- An old woman in a small Ontario town looks back on her life as chief cook and bottle-washer for a well heeled Anglo family.
- He is the chief cook and bottle-washer for Avalon Audio Services in Phoenix, and is currently pondering the idea of techno remixes of West Texas Swing music.
- Heraldry At the top; in the upper part.More example sentences
- His margin of victory can be taken as evidence that the majority of Americans have confidence in him as the commander in chief.
- Being the commander in chief of the Greek armies, Agamemnon's thousand-ship fleet is en route to Troy.
- Which begs the question: When did the president become theologian in chief?
too many chiefs and not enough Indians
- Too many people giving orders and not enough people to carry them out.More example sentences
- I blame the managers - there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
- ‘There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians,’ she said.
- Some demand arbitrary reductions in management staff, believing there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
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- How do we expect development to take place in such chiefdoms?
- Within the area of his chiefdom, which extends far beyond the village, live 6,800 people.
- The area was divided into independent chiefdoms.
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- This mask, called Mongop, appears to be the authority symbol for chiefship and is associated with agriculture as well.
- It is therefore not surprising that people from all over the world have legitimate claims to chiefships.
- ‘The chiefship of Kennedy will remain here, even after I die - strong as ever, as hard as this rock,’ he says.
Middle English: from Old French chief, chef, based on Latin caput 'head'.