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  1. (of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; "his arch rival"; "the boss man"; "the chief executive"; "head librarian"; "top administrators" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. most important element; "the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The head or leader of any body of men; a commander, as of an army; a head man, as of a tribe, clan, or family; a person in authority who directs the work of others; the principal actor or agent. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The principal part; the most valuable portion. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The upper third part of the field. It is supposed to be composed of the dexter, sinister, and middle chiefs. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Highest in office or rank; principal; head. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Principal or most eminent in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; taking the lead; most important; as, the chief topic of conversation; the chief interest of man. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Very intimate, near, or close. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A commander or leader or principal person. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Principal; leading; main. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Chiefly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Head: principal, highest, first. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. A head or principal person: a leader: the principal part or top of anything. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. A leader; principal person. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Principal; highest. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Highest; greatest; of great importance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. A ruler, leader, or head; principal part. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Principal; highest in office or rank; most eminent; most important; leading; main. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. A head or principal person; commander; the principal thing; the largest part; the upper part of an escutcheon. To hold land in chief, to hold it directly from the sovereign, by honourable personal services. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. Highest; principal; the most eminent or distinguished; the most important; first. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. A commander or leader; the head man of a clan, or tribe, or family. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. Principal. One who is put above the rest; as, chief magistrate chief justice : it also signifies the best of a number of things. It is frequently used in composition. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  25. ch[=e]f, adj. head: principal, highest, first: (Scot.) intimate.--adv. chiefly.--n. a head or principal person: a leader: the principal part or top of anything: (her.) an ordinary, consisting of the upper part of the field cut off by a horizontal line, generally made to occupy one-third of the area of the shield.--ns. CHIEF'-BAR'ON, the President of the Court of Exchequer; CHIEF'DOM, CHIEF'SHIP, state of being chief: sovereignty; CHIEF'ERY, an Irish chieftaincy: the dues paid to a chief; CHIEF'ESS, a female chief; CHIEF'-JUS'TICE (see JUSTICE).--adj. CHIEF'LESS, without a chief or leader.--adv. CHIEF'LY, in the first place: principally: for the most part.--ns. CHIEF'RY, a rent paid to the supreme lord: a chief's lands; CHIEF'TAIN, the head of a clan: a leader or commander:--fem. CHIEF'TAINESS; CHIEF'TAINCY, CHIEF'TAINSHIP; CHIEF'TAINRY.--IN CHIEF (her.) means that the charge is borne in the upper part of the shield: applied to holding land directly from the sovereign: at the head, as commander-in-chief. [Fr. chef--L. caput, the head.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. (Herald.) upper third of shield; leader, ruler; head man of tribe, clan, &c., whence chiefess n.; head of a department, highest official; -in-c., supreme, as Commander, Colonel, -in-c. Hence chiefdom, chiefship, nn., chiefless a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. (-er, -est, now rare). First by title (C. Justice &c.); first in importance, influence, &c.; prominent, leading; (adv.) chiefly, especially, (but c. or chiefest of all, forget not). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. [Fr.] (Her.) An ordinary occupying the upper part of an escutcheon, and containing one-third part of the field. See Escutcheon. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  29. n. Head or leader of any band or community; – principal person or thing; –the upper part of the escutcheon. Cabinet Dictionary
  30. Principal, most eminent; eminent, extraordinary; capital, of the first order. Complete Dictionary

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