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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.

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Tensions continued to mount Monday in Suva as gunmen holding Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and more than 30 hostages, including ministers and lawmakers, captive in parliament received support from some of Fiji's high chiefs.
Several high chiefs and political parties have backed demands made by George Speight, the self-appointed interim prime minister who led the attempted coup last Friday.
The Wailua River is a beautifully scenic area that was once a sacred place in ancient times and reserved for the kings and high chiefs of Kauai.
Walkerone commented: "Yet again it is a case of frontline staff being sacrificed to save the six-figure salaries of the high chiefs.
Aikane relationships between men in old Hawaii are only recorded among the ali'i and high chiefs, but probably occurred between commoners as well.
Nata said the remaining hostages would be released Thursday, but it may not be until after the meeting of the 50 high chiefs from Fiji's 14 provinces, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.
The reef flat here was purposefully filled with lagoonal sediments to raise the surface above the high-tide level for construction of residential, ritual and mortuary compounds for the paramount and high chiefs and their retainers.
Low chiefs saw to it that food, labour and tribute were provided to the paramount and high chiefs in Lelu.
The stalemate in the Fiji hostage situation took another twist Thursday when high chiefs from western Fiji agreed on their wishes to form a fourth confederacy in an effort to have more representation in Fiji's affairs.