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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Even in the wake of TV and the Internet, Palau's high chiefs are as powerful as elected officials, and the social structure remains matriarchal and matrilineal.
installation yaqona a high chief becomes the leader of a vanua--land or
Giving him a welcome fit for a high chief, the 15-strong entourage - clad in yellow and black grass skirts and smeared with black war paint - eagerly shouldered the platform and armchair bearing Andrew.
This was just as he canvassed the need to pacify and bring back into the fold party chieftain, including Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Dr Abayomi Fini, High Chief Owolabi Salis, among others, who had left the fold with nobody caring to find a way to manage and encourage them to remain before they left.
After that [Narai] gave his daughter Adi Tora as wife to Biu and also his High Chief's Comb (na nona i Seru ni Sau) and a piece of land for his village, the name of which was Nadawa, and so Biu lived there and had children and they were four boys ...[12]
Speaking on behalf of the Ikale people, High Chief Jacob Akeremale, alleged that the people of Araromi Obu were the aggressors, arguing that they were exhibiting their displeasure over the judgment of the High Court by attacking Ikale people.
For instance, woe betide the secretary/recorder if a title such as High Chief is rendered as just chief or completely excluded.
Being the first child of the late High Chief Henry Oloyede Fajemirokun, a prosperous businessman and toast of musicians, including Chief Ebenezer Obey back in the day before his passing in 1978, some assume that he came into money.
Sam Amuka; Director General and CEO, NBC, Ishaq Modibbo -Kawu; Founder and Chairman Emeritus, DAAR Communications Plc; High Chief Raymond Dokpesi; Patron NPAN, Mallam Ismaila Isa; and President NPAN/NPO, Nduka Obaigbena.
Daar Communication Plc, represented by its founder, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in a exparte motion which has the Federal Ministry of Information and the Attorney General of the Federation as defendants, prayed the court to order the maintenance of status quo ante bellum as at 30th May, this year, pending the hearing and determination of its suit challenging the closure of its broadcast stations.
A Benin high chief, Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin who spoke on behalf of the association in Benin yesterday said that it was unfair that Enahoro, the late Adolor of Uromi, Edo State was being left unhonoured among the Titans who fought for the independence of Nigeria.