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Definitions of chiefly

  1. for the most part; "he is mainly interested in butterflies" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. In the first place; principally; preeminently; above; especially. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. In the first place: principally: for the most part. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Principally; for the most part. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Especially; mainly; principally; in the first place. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for chiefly

  1. It will be unpleasant to us all, but I am thinking chiefly of you. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  2. This he said looking chiefly at Mr. Somers, and then turning to his cousin, he asked him if he intended to remain in the country. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
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