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From Middle English chef, borrowed from Old French chief (“leader”), from Vulgar Latin *capum (from which also captain, chieftain), from Latin caput (“head”) (English cap (“head covering”)), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput- (English head).
chief (plural chiefs)
- A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc. [from 13th c.]
- (heraldry) The top part of a shield or escutcheon; more specifically, an ordinary consisting of the upper part of the field cut off by a horizontal line, generally occupying the top third. [from 15th c.]
- The principal part or top of anything.
- An informal, ironic address to an equal.
- Primary; principal.
- (Scotland, obsolete) Intimate.