[cheef-lee] /ˈtʃif li/
He phoned chiefly to let us know he was feeling better.
This dish consists chiefly of noodles.
of, relating to, or like a :
his chiefly responsibilities.
especially or essentially; above all
in general; mainly; mostly
of or relating to a chief or chieftain
“pre-eminently,” mid-14c., from chief + -ly (2). Adjectival meaning “pertaining to a chief” is from 1870 (from -ly (1)).
noun 1. the highest noncommissioned officer rank in the U.S. Air Force.
noun, Nautical. 1. .
- Chief musician
(Heb. menatstseah), the precentor of the Levitical choir or orchestra in the temple, mentioned in the titles of fifty-five psalms, and in Hab. 3:19, Revised Version. The first who held this office was Jeduthun (1 Chr. 16:41), and the office appears to have been hereditary. Heman and Asaph were his two colleagues (2 Chr. 35:15).
noun, Nautical. 1. . noun 1. the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the captain. noun 1. an officer second in command to the captain of a merchant ship Also called first officer