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Meaning of chiefly by Wiktionary Dictionary

chiefly


    Etymology

    chief +‎ -ly

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈtʃiːf.li/ SAMPA: /"tSi:f.li:/

    Adverb

    chiefly ( comparative more chiefly, superlative most chiefly )

    1. ( focus ) especially or primarily; above all
    2. ( focus ) mainly or principally; almost entirely

    Adjective

    chiefly ( comparative more chiefly, superlative most chiefly )

    1. of, or relating to a chief


Explanation of chiefly by Wordnet Dictionary

chiefly


    Adverb
    1. for the most part



    Definition of chiefly by GCIDE Dictionary

    chiefly


    1. Chiefly adv.
      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. Milton.

      2. For the most part; mostly.

      Those parts of the kingdom where the . . . estates of the dissenters chiefly lay. Swift.