chief

(redirected from Chiefs)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Chiefs: broncos

chief

noun boss, captain, caput, chairman, chief controller, chieftain, commandant, commander, directing head, director, dux, employer, foreman, general, head, headman, headperson, highest ranking person, leader, manager, organizer, overlooker, overseer, person in authority, person in charge, president, princeps, principal, principal person, senior, superior, supervising director
Associated concepts: chief agent, chief counsel, chief deputy, chief examiner, chief executive, chief executive officer, chief fiscal officer, chief judge, chief justice, chief of fire department, chief of police, chief officer of a corporation or business, chief place of business
See also: absolute, basic, best, cardinal, central, critical, crucial, director, dominant, employer, essential, grave, important, leading, major, master, necessary, outstanding, paramount, prevailing, prevalent, primary, prime, principal, prominent, salient, sovereign, stellar, superintendent, superior, superlative, vital

CHIEF, 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.

References in classic literature ?
Then Eurymachus, son of Polybus, answered, "It rests with heaven to decide who shall be chief among us, but you shall be master in your own house and over your own possessions; no one while there is a man in Ithaca shall do you violence nor rob you.
I acquiesced, though doubtfully, for eclipses are queer cattle to deal with--it might be a cloudy night, for instance, or our dates might be wrong--and sent Umbopa to summon the chiefs back.
The initial move was won by U-Dor, following which the two Chiefs escorted their respective Princesses to the square each was to occupy.
Give 'm you hell," Van Horn refused, and in the blue of his eyes the black chief sensed the impression of the dynamite out of which white men seemed made, and felt his brain quicken to the vision of the bloody day he first encountered an explosion of dynamite and was hurled through the air.
For two days more he brought up the missionary's rear, offering the tooth to the village chiefs.
No,' replied the blue-eyed chief, 'I never yield to mortal man.
Shortly afterwards it was discovered who was the aggressor; and a general meeting of the chiefs was convened to consider the case.
The chief remained silent a moment, as if he disdained to contest any further the truth of a fact, concerning which he was already satisfied.
The chief of police, who was present to see that everything was in order, put several questions to the purveyor, who told him the whole story of the death of the hunchback, and how he had carried the body to the place where it had been found by the Christian merchant.
The chief justice stepped cautiously, and shuddered, as if he were afraid that, even now, the gore of his slaughtered countrymen might stain his feet.
The aide-de-camp was sent to confirm the order which had not been clearly worded the day before, namely, that the commander in chief wished to see the regiment just in the state in which it had been on the march: in their greatcoats, and packs, and without any preparation whatever.
In came the Chief Steward, trying not to show the Nome King how frightened he was.