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King James Dictionary

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• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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Chief of the three
Chief priest
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• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Chief Friends, Good Men
Chief Musician
Chief Seats
Friends, Chief Friends
Good, Chief
Musician, Chief
Seats, Chief
Greek - chief corner
Greek - chief, chief ruler
Greek - chief of the priest, chief priest, chief priests
Greek - chief shepherd, Chief Shepherd
Greek - chief ruler of the synagogue
Greek - chief among the publicans, chief tax collector
Greek - chief
Greek - chief
Greek - chief seat, chief seats
Greek - chief room
Greek - chief
Greek - chief magistrates
Greek - chief captain
Greek - chief of Asia
Hebrew - chief
Hebrew - chief, chief men, chiefs
Hebrew - chief, chiefs
Hebrew - chief ruler, chief ministers
Hebrew - chief, chiefs
Hebrew - chief, chiefs
Hebrew - chief
Hebrew - chief, chief officers
Hebrew - chief
Hebrew - chief ones
Hebrew - chief, chief officer
Hebrew - chief city
Hebrew - chief, chiefs
Hebrew - chief men
Hebrew - chief, chief and commanders, chiefs
Hebrew - chief
Hebrew - chiefest, chief
Hebrew - chief
Hebrew - chief, chiefs
Hebrew - chief singer
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1. Highest in office or rank; principal; as a chief priest; the chief butler. Gen 40:9.

Among the chief rulers, many believed on him. John 12.

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.

Agriculture is the chief employment of men.

3. First in affection; most dear and familiar.

A whisperer separateth chief friends. Prov. 16.


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 Ch. 11.
2. The principal person of a tribe, family, or congregation, &c.

Num. 3. Job 29. Math. 20.

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. Deut. 1:15.

These were the chief of the officers, that were over Solomons work. 1 Kings 9.

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 Sam. 15.

He smote the chief of their strength. Ps. 68.

The chief of the debt remains unpaid.

CHIEF, adv. Chiefly.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software at

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"Entry for 'Chief'". "King James Dictionary".


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