Meaning of “chief justice” in the English Dictionary

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"chief justice" in English

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chief justicenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌtʃiːf ˈdʒʌs.tɪs/ us /ˌtʃiːf ˈdʒʌs.tɪs/

Examples from literature

  • Cases shall be tried by the King's Council, which included the Chancellor, Treasurer, and chief justices. 
  • He declined the offer of chief justice of Massachusetts. 
  • He was chief justice of the United States, and that fact gave additional weight to the mission. 
  • He was member of Congress, governor of South Carolina, chief justice of Supreme Court. 
  • In a corner of the room, thrown carelessly upon a chair, were the scarlet robes of the chief justice. 

(Definition of “chief justice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chief justice" in American English

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chief justicenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtʃif ˈdʒʌs·tɪs/

the judge in the highest position in a particular court of law:

The Chief Justice of the United States presides over the US Supreme Court.

(Definition of “chief justice” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)