Definition of chiefly in US English:

chiefly

adverb

  • 1Above all; mainly.

    ‘he is remembered chiefly for his sonatas’
    • ‘She will be remembered here chiefly for her stunning city council upset and the Clarendon Gardens issue.’
    • ‘Abelard is chiefly remembered for advocating the so-called ‘moral influence’ theory of the atonement.’
    • ‘Orlando di Lasso (or, perhaps more in keeping with his Walloon origins, Roland de Lassus) is remembered today chiefly for his sacred works.’
    • ‘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 clergyman participates in marriages chiefly as a witness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sheikh Muhammed is chiefly remembered today for his Yoga-sangrama, a long allegory in songs describing the spiritual struggle as a ‘battle of yoga’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Caesar, too, is remembered chiefly for having become a more or less military dictator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although Baird is chiefly remembered for mechanical television, his developments were not limited to this alone.’
    • ‘But one man's obsession with money, chiefly for himself, above spectacle has left the sport barren’
    • ‘Increasingly, these programs have come to define their mission chiefly as supporting labor and its organizing efforts rather than educating students.’
    • ‘This is chiefly an issue for primary schools, both in Kingston and nationally.’
    • ‘These fans differ somewhat from the stereotypical science fiction fan; most significantly, the group is composed chiefly of women.’
    • ‘Peeps are chiefly good as novelty items - they mark various holiday seasons, and they blow up spectacularly when you microwave them.’
    • ‘To the extent that slaves were allowed personalities before the law, they were regarded chiefly - almost solely - as potential criminals.’
    • ‘I am chiefly interested in stuff that is extraordinary, better than similar products, little-known, and reliably useful for an individual or small group.’
    • ‘The grapes here, mainly Piróvano, are chiefly sold as table grapes but some particularly alcoholic wine, both red and white, is made.’
    • ‘This principle is chiefly applicable to the legislature.’
    • ‘He is remembered chiefly for his topographical poem in tetrameter couplets, Grongar Hill, which describes the scenery of the river Towy.’
    • ‘Rough will be chiefly remembered for his shareholder activism.’
    • ‘We release ordinary criminals after some time chiefly because we hope that the term in prison has deterred them from repeating their crimes.’
    • ‘Their disputes were chiefly political, and mainly involved the Soviet Union and the United States hurling accusations of hypocrisy against each other.’
    • ‘Marx is remembered chiefly, of course, as a political thinker.’
    • ‘Parmentier was chiefly known for his participation in the short-lived but influential BMPT group of painters.’
    • ‘Dunn has worked chiefly from contemporary accounts, which makes this substantial volume both credible and original.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Chinese possession for which Victoria is chiefly remembered today is a small dog named Looty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mitchell claims to have been chiefly inspired by his parents, especially watching his father play guitar at family gatherings.’
    • ‘The title of the book rather excludes Wotton's poetry, for which he is now perhaps chiefly remembered.’
    • ‘He is remembered chiefly for catching pneumonia during his lengthy inaugural address and, a month later, becoming the first president to die in office.’
    • ‘This biography is of general importance chiefly because it is, surprisingly, the first comprehensive biography of the artist.’
    • ‘Hermann Grassmann is chiefly remembered for his development of a general calculus for vectors.’
    • ‘But anyone who knew these sophisticated scholars also knew that they were not chiefly motivated by a passion for curricular innovation.’
    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.
      ‘this group has consisted chiefly of conservatives’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Such a world would be a true information economy, with trade consisting chiefly of blueprints for products.’
      • ‘Indeed, the respiratory response to CO2 is usually considered to be chiefly automatic, although it may be altered by behavioral interferences.’
      • ‘In all four areas, government seemed to consist chiefly of administrative controls.’
      • ‘However, economic analysts in the private sector are critical of the government's unrealistic confidence in the economy, chiefly based on continuing robust shipments.’
      • ‘I once met an Algerian in Blackpool who expressed surprise that England consisted chiefly of carnival rides, ice-cream parlours and amusement arcades.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In recent years, this group has consisted chiefly of conservatives unhappy with what they viewed as an unwarranted expansion of federal authority.’
      • ‘‘Climatic changes chiefly affect winters,’ she said.’
      • ‘The young Sinclair showed an early talent for writing, though his initial work consisted chiefly of pulp fiction.’
      • ‘Its diet consists chiefly of vegetable matter, but it also eats small animals.’
      • ‘Many demographic experts attribute the declining birth rate in recent years chiefly to young people's reluctance to marry because of heightening job insecurity.’
      • ‘It was not long ago that American architectural history consisted chiefly of biographies, thematic or typological studies, and synthetic surveys.’
      • ‘Consisting chiefly of high-energy protons and electrons produced by stars, black holes, and gamma-ray bursts, GCR is tough to defend against.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fine-grained matrix consists chiefly of gypsum, although traces of anhydrite may be present.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

chiefly

/ˈCHēflē//ˈtʃifli/