- in the chief position; of highest title or authority
editor in chief
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Origin of Chief
From Middle English, from Old French chief (“leader”), 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).
Middle English chef from Old French from Latin caput head kaput- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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