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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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Carneiro, "The Nature of the Chiefdom as Revealed by Evidence from the Cauca Valley of Colombia", Profiles in Cultural Evolution, A.
Traditional and ethnohistoric sources contribute important insight into chiefly activity and political strategies in the early Tu'i Tonga chiefdom.
No ore reserves have been established in the proposed work areas, and thus no guarantee of success can be given by the participating companies nor by the Gbense Chiefdom.
In the chiefdoms and outlying towns, women refrain from drinking yaqona completely or only drink it informally, sitting just outside the ritually significant perimeter, often seated according to the rank of their husbands (Toren 1990; personal communication 2005).
The patriarch Majumba catalogued "seductions" in his chiefdom, where carousing girls who purportedly took "unheard of drugs" (likely herbal aphrodisiacs) provoked young men "who had fallen in love with a girl to break off their engagements:" Testimony of Majumba, 14 Feb.
Peoples formerly associated with the great Moundville chiefdom and refugees of the smaller Bottle Creek chiefdom in the upper Mobile delta settled west of the Tombigbee River.
Owing to colonization, the gradual imposition of the 'white peace' and the missionaries"humanizing' authority, chiefdoms were deprived of their freedom to wage war and subject people by force.
Cycling itself refers to the fluctuations in administrative levels in the chiefdom societies of the Mississippian era from village-level more egalitarian societies to simple chiefdoms and finally to hierarchical complex chiefdoms where a paramount chief controls a number of smaller chiefdoms and considerable land.
Archaeologists investigate how the primary Mississippian chiefdoms developed out of pre-existing Late Woodland period tribal societies in what is now the southeastern US over the period 750-1050.
Ruralisation is the theme for the early third millennium, the evidence suggesting simple chiefdoms.
Cycling itself refers to the fluctuations in administrative levels in the chiefdom societies of the Mississippian era from village-level, more egalitarian societies to simple chiefdoms and finally to hierarchical complex chiefdoms where a paramount chief controls a number of smaller chiefdoms and considerable land.
The Dinka Ngok, who form the majority of Abyei population called recently to hold this crucial vote without the accord of Sudan saying the Permanent Court of Arbitration stated that the area belongs to their nine chiefdoms.