chef

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chef (from the positions of chef d'office and chef de cuisine),[1] from Old French chief ‎(head, leader) (English chief), from Vulgar Latin *capum ‎(head) (from which also captain, chieftain), from Latin caput ‎(head) (English cap ‎(head covering)), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput- (English head).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

chef ‎(plural chefs)

  1. The presiding cook in the kitchen of a large household.
    • <1845, R. H. Barham, Blasphemer's Warning in Ingoldsby Legends (1847), 3rd Ser., 245
      The Chef's peace of mind was restor'd, And in due time a banquet was placed on the board.
  2. The head cook of a restaurant or other establishment.
    • 1849, Thackeray, Pendennis (1850), I. xxviii. 266
      The angry little chef of Sir Francis Clavering's culinary establishment.
  3. Any cook.
    • Kiss the chef. (slogan on aprons used by home barbecue enthusiasts)
  4. (slang) One who manufactures illegal drugs; a cook.
    • 1998, SPIN (volume 14, number 3, page 100)
      But trying to stop all the nation's meth chefs makes as much sense as building a wall along the Mexican border.
    • 2013, Mike Power, Drugs 2.0
      Owsley Stanley, the world's most exacting and prolific LSD chef who supplied the majority of America's West Coast with LSD in the 1960s, claimed he made so much acid not because he wanted to change the world, but rather because it was almost impossible not to make vast quantities of the drug once the synthesis had been embarked upon.

Usage notes[edit]

When used in reference to a cook with no sous-chefs or other workers beneath him, the term connotes a certain degree of prestige—whether culinary education or ability—distinguishing the chef from a “cook”. As a borrowing, chef was originally italicized, but such treatment is now obsolete.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "chef, n." in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chef

Noun[edit]

chef c (singular definite chefen, plural indefinite chefer)

  1. A boss; person in charge, person who directly oversees the work being done
  2. A chef, head cook

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chef.

Noun[edit]

chef m ‎(plural chefs, diminutive chefje n, feminine cheffin)

  1. A boss, chief, head, leader
  2. Short for a title including chef, e.g. a culinary chef

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French chief, from Old French chief, from Vulgar Latin *capum, from Latin caput ‎(head), from Proto-Italic *kaput, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, *kaput-.

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Noun[edit]

chef m ‎(plural chefs)

D'or au chef de gueules, qui est des Seigneurs de Wiltz.
  1. (now literary) head
    opiner du chef.
    to nod.
  2. article, principal point.
    Les principaux chefs d’une demande.
  3. principal motive
    Le procureur a tenu à refaire une lecture des chefs d’accusation.
  4. (heraldry) chief; top third of a coat of arms

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Noun[edit]

chef m ‎(plural chefs, feminine cheffe)

Le Chef de l’Hôtel Chatham, William Orpen, 1921.
  1. A boss, chief, leader.
    Le pape est le chef de l’Église.
  2. A culinary chef, chief cook
    Créant dans des établissements de prestige de nombreuses recettes reprises ensuite par d'autres chefs, Escoffier a fait connaitre internationalement la cuisine française.

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Italian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chef.

Noun[edit]

chef m ‎(invariable)

  1. A chef; head cook

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French chief, chef, from Vulgar Latin *capum, from Latin caput ‎(head), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, *kaput-.

Noun[edit]

chef m ‎(plural chefs)

  1. (Jersey) chief

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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

chef m ‎(oblique plural ches, nominative singular ches, nominative plural chef)

  1. Alternative form of chief

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chef.

Noun[edit]

chef m f (plural chefs)

  1. chef (the head cook of an establishment such as a restaurant)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Turkish kef, keyif.

Noun[edit]

chef n ‎(plural chefuri)

  1. (good) disposition, mood
    A nu avea chef de ceva.
    To not feel like/be in the mood for something.
  2. desire, wish
  3. (figuratively) appetite
  4. whim, caprice
  5. shindig, blowout,
  6. revelry, binge; by extension, drunkenness

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chef.

Noun[edit]

chef m, f ‎(plural chef)

  1. A chef, head cook

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chef.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

chef c

  1. A boss; person in charge, person who directly oversees the work being done

Declension[edit]

Inflection of chef 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative chef chefen chefer cheferna
Genitive chefs chefens chefers chefernas

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