chef etymology

English word chef comes from Proto-Indo-European *kapōlo, Proto-Indo-European *kh₂pyéti (To be grasping.)

Detailed word origin of chef

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kapōlo Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kh₂pyéti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be grasping.
*kaput Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kaput Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Head.
caput Latin (lat) (New Latin, anatomy) headlike protuberance on an organ or body part, usually bone, for instance caput ulnae. (New Latin, medicine) a disease; a severe swelling of the soft tissues of a newborn's scalp that develops as the baby travels through the birth canal. (figuratively) life. (figuratively) the vital part. (in writings) division, section, paragraph, chapter. (of a river) origin, source, [...]
*capum Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin) head.
chief Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (anatomy) head. Front (foremost side of something). Leader, chief.
cap Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
chief Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Head.
chef French (fra) (heraldiccharge) chief; top third of a coat of arms. (now, _, literary) head. A boss, chief, leader.. A culinary chef, chief cook. Article, principal point.. Principal motive.
chef English (eng) (slang) One who manufactures illegal drugs; a cook.. Any cook.. The head cook of a restaurant or other establishment.. The presiding cook in the kitchen of a large household.

Words with the same origin as chef

Descendants of *kapōlo
achieve ahead cabbage cadet cap cape capital captain cattle chapter chief dickhead forehead handkerchief head headache headed heading headline headmaster headquarters heads mutt overhead
Descendants of *kh₂pyéti
accept apart case cash catch chase command commander common community escape except had have haven heaven heavy hello main manage part particular partner party prince