Chief vs. Cheif - What's the difference?


Chief is a leader or ruler of a people or clan, an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across the top of the shield.

As nouns the difference between chieftain and chief. is that chieftain is a leader of a clan or tribe while chief is (senseid)a leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc.

What is the word for a female chief?
Noun. chieftess (plural chieftesses) A female chief or chieftain; the female leader of a tribe or clan.


Cheif has no English definition. It is generally be misspelled.

Chief vs. Cheif



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1. Noun


1. Etymology

From Middle English, 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).

2. Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tʃiːf/
  • Rhymes: -iːf

3. Noun

chief (plural chiefs)

  1. A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc. [from 13th c.]
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 4:
      My father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, was a chief by both blood and custom.
    All firefighters report to the fire chief.
  2. (heraldry) The top part of a shield or escutcheon. [from 15th c.]
    • 1889, Charles Norton Elvin, A Dictionary of Heraldry:
      When the Chief is Charged with any figure, in blazon it is said to be "On a Chief".
  3. An informal address to an equal.
    Hey, chief.

3.1. Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:boss

3.2. Derived terms

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  • captain
  • chef
  • chieftain

4. Adjective

chief (comparative chiefer or more chief, superlative chiefest or most chief)

  1. Primary; principal.

5. Verb

chief (third-person singular simple present chiefs, present participle chiefing, simple past and past participle chiefed)

  1. (US, slang) To smoke cannabis.
    • 2012, Marquis "Cream" Cureton, When the Smoke Clears (page 268)
      He chiefed on the bud like a pro, taking long deep hits and holding it within until he had inhaled as much of the weed smoke as he could.

6. See also

  • chiefest (superlative)
  • chef

7. Anagrams

  • cheif, fiche, fiché


1. Noun

cheif (plural cheifs)

  1. Obsolete spelling of chief.

2. Anagrams

  • chief, fiche, fiché
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