(Chief"-jus"tice*ship), n. The office of chief justice.
Jay selected the chief-justiceship as most in accordance with his tastes.
(Chief"less) a. Without a chief or leader.
1. In the first place; principally; preëminently; above; especially.
Search through this garden; leave unsearched no nook;
But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge.
2. For the most part; mostly.
Those parts of the kingdom where the . . . estates of the dissenters chiefly lay.
(Chief"rie) n. A small rent paid to the lord paramount. [Obs.] Swift.
(Chief"tain) n. [OE. cheftayn, chevetayn, OF. chevetain, F. capitaine, LL. capitanus, fr.
L. caput head. Cf. Captain, and see chief.] A captain, leader, or commander; a chief; the head of a
troop, army, or clan.
Syn. Chief; commander; leader; head. See Chief.
(Chief"tain*cy Chief"tain*ship), n. The rank, dignity, or office of a chieftain.
(Chier"te) n. [OF. cherté. See Charity.] Love; tender regard. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Chiev"ance) n. [OF. chevance property, equiv. To chevisance, fr. chevir to accomplish.
See Chevisance.] An unlawful bargain; traffic in which money is exported as discount. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Chieve) v. i. See Cheve, v. i. [Obs.]
(Chiff"-chaff) n. [So called from its note.] (Zoöl.) A species of European warbler (Sylvia
hippolais); called also chip- chap, and pettychaps.
(Chif`fo*nier") fem. Chiffonière
(Chif`fo*nière") n. [F. chiffonnier, fem. chiffonnière, fr. chiffon
rag, fr. chiffe a rag, flimsy cloth.]
1. One who gathers rags and odds and ends; a ragpicker.
2. A receptacle for rags or shreds.
3. A movable and ornamental closet or piece of furniture with shelves or drawers. G. Eliot.