Definition of chiefly in English:

chiefly

adverb

  • 1Mainly:

    ‘he is remembered chiefly for his organ sonatas’
    • ‘Hermann Grassmann is chiefly remembered for his development of a general calculus for vectors.’
    • ‘She will be remembered here chiefly for her stunning city council upset and the Clarendon Gardens issue.’
    • ‘Although Baird is chiefly remembered for mechanical television, his developments were not limited to this alone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Marx is remembered chiefly, of course, as a political thinker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The monks were chiefly responsible for preserving this teaching, since it was largely directed to them.’
    • ‘Dunn has worked chiefly from contemporary accounts, which makes this substantial volume both credible and original.’
    • ‘The title of the book rather excludes Wotton's poetry, for which he is now perhaps chiefly remembered.’
    • ‘The clergyman participates in marriages chiefly as a witness.’
    • ‘Mitchell claims to have been chiefly inspired by his parents, especially watching his father play guitar at family gatherings.’
    • ‘Parmentier was chiefly known for his participation in the short-lived but influential BMPT group of painters.’
    • ‘Sheikh Muhammed is chiefly remembered today for his Yoga-sangrama, a long allegory in songs describing the spiritual struggle as a ‘battle of yoga’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grapes here, mainly Piróvano, are chiefly sold as table grapes but some particularly alcoholic wine, both red and white, is made.’
    • ‘Rough will be chiefly remembered for his shareholder activism.’
    • ‘This principle is chiefly applicable to the legislature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Abelard is chiefly remembered for advocating the so-called ‘moral influence’ theory of the atonement.’
    mainly, in the main, primarily, principally, predominantly, above all, mostly, for the most part, first and foremost, especially, particularly, essentially, substantially
    usually, customarily, habitually, typically, commonly, generally, on the whole, largely, by and large, as a rule, in most instances, almost always, almost entirely, to a large extent, to a great degree
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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.’
      • ‘It was not long ago that American architectural history consisted chiefly of biographies, thematic or typological studies, and synthetic surveys.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Climatic changes chiefly affect winters,’ she said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In recent years, this group has consisted chiefly of conservatives unhappy with what they viewed as an unwarranted expansion of federal authority.’
      • ‘However, economic analysts in the private sector are critical of the government's unrealistic confidence in the economy, chiefly based on continuing robust shipments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Biological products (which consist chiefly of larva-killing bacteria) as well as pesticide chemicals, may be used.’
      • ‘What this shows is that life cannot be composed just of matter and energy, but consists chiefly of information.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I once met an Algerian in Blackpool who expressed surprise that England consisted chiefly of carnival rides, ice-cream parlours and amusement arcades.’
      • ‘The young Sinclair showed an early talent for writing, though his initial work consisted chiefly of pulp fiction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many demographic experts attribute the declining birth rate in recent years chiefly to young people's reluctance to marry because of heightening job insecurity.’
      • ‘In all four areas, government seemed to consist chiefly of administrative controls.’
      • ‘Indeed, the respiratory response to CO2 is usually considered to be chiefly automatic, although it may be altered by behavioral interferences.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

chiefly

/ˈtʃiːfli/