American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Above all; especially.
- adv. Almost entirely; mainly.
- adj. Of or relating to a chief: chiefly responsibilities.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a chief; proper to a chief.
- Principally; above all; in the first place; eminently.
- For the most part; mostly: as, his estates were chiefly situated in Scotland.
- Synonyms Mainly, especially, eminently, primarily.
- adv. focus especially or primarily; above all
- adv. focus mainly or principally; almost entirely
- adj. of, or relating to a chief
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In the first place; principally; preëminently; above; especially.
- adv. For the most part; mostly.
- adv. for the most part
- chief + -ly (Wiktionary)
“That many popular historical writers used this term chiefly because it was fashionable, can also be derived from the fact that they did not attribute to it a very distinctive meaning.”
“It is a term chiefly applied to ghosts; but Mr. Gum was a great deal more like a ghost than like a man.”
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“So we see that the Greek word "chiefly" chosen by the Septuagint scholars to mean parthenos is the word bethulah, which Mr. Orbaum stresses is "the Hebrew word for virgin.”
“The president hailed as the most gifted communicator since Ronald Reagan has suffered chiefly from the inability to tell a convincing story.”
“As to critiquing stories, remember that what you are doing, chiefly, is responding to a story as a reader.”
“The candles, pictures, images, rosary, holdy water, ringing of bells, chanting in an unknown tongue -- all these mummeries which are so conspicuous in a Catholic service interest me chiefly from the fact”
“But it chiefly is a weapon against innovation, against new ideas, any ideas.”
“Our knowledge of oldest Arab verse is drawn chiefly from the Katáb al-Aghání”
“The coin chiefly used at market is a piece of copper silvered, that passes for seven sols and a half; another of the same sort, valued two sols and a half.”
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