Chef definition

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A cook, especially the chief cook of a large kitchen staff.
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A cook in charge of a kitchen, as of a restaurant; head cook.
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Any cook.
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Any cook.
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The definition of a chef is a person who cooks for a living, or a cook who manages a kitchen staff.

Someone who has a job cooking at a fine dining restaurant is an example of a chef.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chef
Plural:
chefs

Origin of chef

  • French short for chef de cuisine head of the kitchen chief

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French chef (from the positions of chef d'office and chef de cuisine), from Old French chief (“head, leader”) (English chief), from Late Latin capum (“head”) (from which also captain, chieftain), from Latin caput (“head”) (English cap (“head covering”)), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput- (English head).

    From Wiktionary