chief etymology

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

Detailed word origin of chief

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.
chef Old French (fro)
chief English (eng) (heraldiccharge) The top part of a shield or escutcheon. [from 15th c.]. A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc. [from 13th c.]. An informal address to an equal. (US, slang) To smoke cannabis. Primary; principal.

Words with the same origin as chief

Descendants of *kapōlo
achieve ahead cabbage cadet cap cape capital captain cattle chapter chef 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