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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shef]
    • /ʃɛf/
    • /ʃef/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shef]
    • /ʃɛf/

Definitions of chef word

  • countable noun chef A chef is a cook in a restaurant or hotel. 3
  • noun chef a cook, esp the principal cook in a restaurant 3
  • noun chef a cook in charge of a kitchen, as of a restaurant; head cook 3
  • noun chef any cook 3
  • noun chef A chef is a cook in a restaurant or hotel. 3
  • noun chef the chief cook, especially in a restaurant or hotel, usually responsible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen staff. 1

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Origin of chef

First appearance:

before 1835
One of the 34% newest English words
From French, dating back to 1835-45; See origin at chief

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Chef


chef popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

chef usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for chef

noun chef

  • chief cook and bottle washer — a person or machine that washes bottles.
  • cuisinier — a cook; chef
  • sous chef — the second in command in a kitchen; the person ranking next after the head chef.
  • cook — When you cook a meal, you prepare food for eating by heating it.
  • cordon bleu — Cordon bleu is used to describe cookery or cooks of the highest standard.

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