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English definition of “chief”

chief

adjective [before noun] (PERSON IN CHARGE)    /tʃiːf/
B2 highest in rank : the chief fire officer / accountant Important people and describing important peopleFamous peopleWealthy people
(Definition of chief adjective (PERSON IN CHARGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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