Definition of chiefly in English:

chiefly

adverb

  • 1Mainly.

    ‘he is remembered chiefly for his organ sonatas’
    • ‘Caesar, too, is remembered chiefly for having become a more or less military dictator.’
    • ‘He is remembered chiefly for catching pneumonia during his lengthy inaugural address and, a month later, becoming the first president to die in office.’
    • ‘The most common bird of prey is the kestrel, which feeds chiefly on rodents such as mice and voles but will occasionally take small birds, beetles, small frogs, etc.’
    • ‘Their disputes were chiefly political, and mainly involved the Soviet Union and the United States hurling accusations of hypocrisy against each other.’
    • ‘The title of the book rather excludes Wotton's poetry, for which he is now perhaps chiefly remembered.’
    • ‘Although Baird is chiefly remembered for mechanical television, his developments were not limited to this alone.’
    • ‘Of course I follow the news, peeking at it for short periods but there is much I don't want to know, chiefly because I feel incapable of knowing it.’
    • ‘Peeps are chiefly good as novelty items - they mark various holiday seasons, and they blow up spectacularly when you microwave them.’
    • ‘Abelard is chiefly remembered for advocating the so-called ‘moral influence’ theory of the atonement.’
    • ‘This biography is of general importance chiefly because it is, surprisingly, the first comprehensive biography of the artist.’
    • ‘These fans differ somewhat from the stereotypical science fiction fan; most significantly, the group is composed chiefly of women.’
    • ‘The Chinese possession for which Victoria is chiefly remembered today is a small dog named Looty.’
    • ‘We release ordinary criminals after some time chiefly because we hope that the term in prison has deterred them from repeating their crimes.’
    • ‘Marx is remembered chiefly, of course, as a political thinker.’
    • ‘Sheikh Muhammed is chiefly remembered today for his Yoga-sangrama, a long allegory in songs describing the spiritual struggle as a ‘battle of yoga’.’
    • ‘Hermann Grassmann is chiefly remembered for his development of a general calculus for vectors.’
    • ‘But one man's obsession with money, chiefly for himself, above spectacle has left the sport barren’
    • ‘Rough will be chiefly remembered for his shareholder activism.’
    • ‘The clergyman participates in marriages chiefly as a witness.’
    • ‘The polling also makes clear that swing voters are chiefly concerned about the economy, and that has to make them more than a little nervous.’
    • ‘This principle is chiefly applicable to the legislature.’
    • ‘She will be remembered here chiefly for her stunning city council upset and the Clarendon Gardens issue.’
    • ‘The monks were chiefly responsible for preserving this teaching, since it was largely directed to them.’
    • ‘These must be chiefly, if not wholly, effects of the unsteadiness and injustice with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administrations.’
    • ‘I am chiefly interested in stuff that is extraordinary, better than similar products, little-known, and reliably useful for an individual or small group.’
    • ‘These centers were founded chiefly to make up for the appalling lack of art teaching in the conventional curriculum of black schools at that time.’
    • ‘They were primarily portraitists, but Thomas is now chiefly remembered for his dramatic Boadicea monument at Westminster Bridge, London, showing the fearsome warrior queen in her chariot.’
    • ‘But anyone who knew these sophisticated scholars also knew that they were not chiefly motivated by a passion for curricular innovation.’
    • ‘On those rare occasions when I made it to the gym at all, it was chiefly to avail myself of the steam room and the carwash-grade water pressure of the showers.’
    • ‘The grapes here, mainly Piróvano, are chiefly sold as table grapes but some particularly alcoholic wine, both red and white, is made.’
    • ‘Dunn has worked chiefly from contemporary accounts, which makes this substantial volume both credible and original.’
    • ‘Today we use these systems, which are ubiquitous and affordable, chiefly for mundane economic screening, but they inevitably will be extended to track security as well.’
    • ‘To the extent that slaves were allowed personalities before the law, they were regarded chiefly - almost solely - as potential criminals.’
    • ‘Parmentier was chiefly known for his participation in the short-lived but influential BMPT group of painters.’
    • ‘Increasingly, these programs have come to define their mission chiefly as supporting labor and its organizing efforts rather than educating students.’
    • ‘He is remembered chiefly for his topographical poem in tetrameter couplets, Grongar Hill, which describes the scenery of the river Towy.’
    • ‘This is chiefly an issue for primary schools, both in Kingston and nationally.’
    • ‘Orlando di Lasso (or, perhaps more in keeping with his Walloon origins, Roland de Lassus) is remembered today chiefly for his sacred works.’
    • ‘Mitchell claims to have been chiefly inspired by his parents, especially watching his father play guitar at family gatherings.’
    • ‘He was a member of a group known in ancient times as the Stoics, and he is chiefly remembered as the author of Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, generally known in English as Letters from a Stoic.’
    mainly, in the main, primarily, principally, predominantly, above all, mostly, for the most part, first and foremost, especially, particularly, essentially, substantially
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    1. 1.1 For the most part; mostly.
      ‘an audience consisting chiefly of women between the ages of 18 and 54’
      • ‘Consisting chiefly of high-energy protons and electrons produced by stars, black holes, and gamma-ray bursts, GCR is tough to defend against.’
      • ‘Many demographic experts attribute the declining birth rate in recent years chiefly to young people's reluctance to marry because of heightening job insecurity.’
      • ‘The exhibition while aimed chiefly at children will feature interactive and multi-media displays on Energy Saving and will be of interest to adults and children alike.’
      • ‘Biological products (which consist chiefly of larva-killing bacteria) as well as pesticide chemicals, may be used.’
      • ‘It is not even possible to say this portfolio will not drop in value at some time but it is much, much safer than any portfolio consisting chiefly of common stocks.’
      • ‘Indeed, the respiratory response to CO2 is usually considered to be chiefly automatic, although it may be altered by behavioral interferences.’
      • ‘With there being so little pressure exerted over this particular stretch, the river bed consisted chiefly of hefty, head shaped boulders, with just a smattering of shale between each one.’
      • ‘However, economic analysts in the private sector are critical of the government's unrealistic confidence in the economy, chiefly based on continuing robust shipments.’
      • ‘‘Climatic changes chiefly affect winters,’ she said.’
      • ‘The dominance of the landed rural oligarchs had given way to that of a new conservative class consisting chiefly of the owners of protected industries.’
      • ‘Its diet consists chiefly of vegetable matter, but it also eats small animals.’
      • ‘The young Sinclair showed an early talent for writing, though his initial work consisted chiefly of pulp fiction.’
      • ‘In all four areas, government seemed to consist chiefly of administrative controls.’
      • ‘What this shows is that life cannot be composed just of matter and energy, but consists chiefly of information.’
      • ‘Such a world would be a true information economy, with trade consisting chiefly of blueprints for products.’
      • ‘The fine-grained matrix consists chiefly of gypsum, although traces of anhydrite may be present.’
      • ‘There's a cynical story about scientific progress, that the balance shifted from the corpuscular to the wave theory of light chiefly because the advocates of the former theory had died.’
      • ‘It was not long ago that American architectural history consisted chiefly of biographies, thematic or typological studies, and synthetic surveys.’
      • ‘In recent years, this group has consisted chiefly of conservatives unhappy with what they viewed as an unwarranted expansion of federal authority.’
      • ‘I once met an Algerian in Blackpool who expressed surprise that England consisted chiefly of carnival rides, ice-cream parlours and amusement arcades.’

Pronunciation

chiefly

/ˈtʃiːfli/