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1. Highest in office or rank; principal; as a chief priest; the chief butler. Genesis 40:9.
Among the chief rulers, many believed on him. John 12:10.
2. Principal or most eminent, in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; commanding most respect; taking the lead; most valuable; most important; a word of extensive use; as a country chief in arms.
The hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. Ezra 9:2.
Agriculture is the chief employment of men.
3. First in affection; most dear and familiar.
A whisperer separateth chief friends. Proverbs 16:28.
1. A commander; particularly a military commander; the person who heads an army; equivalent to the modern terms, commander or general in chief captain general, or generalissimo. 1 Chronicles 11:6.
2. The principal person of a tribe, family, or congregation, etc.
3. In chief in English law, in capite. To hold land in chief is to hold it directly from the king by honorable personal services.
4. In heraldry, chief signifies the head or upper part of the escutcheon, from side to side, representing a mans head. In chief imports something borne in this part.
5. In Spenser, it seems to signify something like achievement, a mark of distinction; as, chaplets wrought with a chief
6. This word is often used, in the singular number, to express a plurality.
I took the chief of your tribes, wise men and known, and made them heads over you. Deuteronomy 1:15.
These were the chief of the officers, that were over Solomons work. 1 Kings 9:23.
In these phrases, chief may have been primarily an adjective, that is, chief men, chief persons.
7. The principal part; the most or largest part, of one thing or of many.
The people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed. 1 Samuel 15:21.
He smote the chief of their strength. Psalms 68:1.
The chief of the debt remains unpaid.
CHIEF, adverb Chiefly.
CHIEFDOM, noun Sovereignty.
CHIEFLESS, adjective Without a chief or leader.
1. Principally; eminently; in the first place.
It chiefly concerns us to obey the divine precepts.
2. For the most part.
In the parts of the kingdom where the estates of the dissenters chiefly lay.
CHIEFRIE, noun A small rent paid to the lord paramount.
"Asiarchs," the title given to certain wealthy persons annually appointed to preside over the religious festivals and games in the various cities of proconsular Asia (Acts 19:31). Some of these officials appear to have been Paul's friends.
CHIEFTAIN, noun A captain, leader or commander; a chief; the head of a troop, army or clan. It is most commonly used in the latter sense. The chieftains of the Highland clans in Scotland, were the principal noblemen and gentlemen.
CHIEFTAINSHIP, noun Headship; captaincy; the government over a clan.