chief of staff
Date: 1862 1. the ranking officer of a staff in the armed forces serving as principal adviser to a commander 2. the ranking officer of the army or air force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Chief of Staff — Chief′ of Staff′ n. 1) mil the senior officer of the U.S. Army or Air Force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 2) mil (l.c.) the senior or principal staff officer in a division or unit of one of the service branches 3) cvb (l.c.) the head… …   From formal English to slang

  • chief of staff — n. 1. the head member of the staff officers of a division or higher unit in the armed forces, or of the Departments of the Army or Air Force 2. the head of any staff; esp., the head of the physicians and surgeons of a hospital …   English World dictionary

  • chief of staff — (plural ,chiefs of staff) noun count * 1. ) someone whose job is to manage the people who work for a government leader and to advise that leader 2. ) the most senior officer in the army, navy, or air force …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chief of staff — ► NOUN ▪ the senior staff officer of a service or command …   English terms dictionary

  • Chief of Staff — A chief of staff is traditionally the coordinator of the supporting staff of an important individual, usually a high level politician, military leader or business executive. In some circumstances, the chief of staff may simply serve as the head… …   Wikipedia

  • Chief of staff — The title, chief of staff, identifies the leader of a complex organization, institution, or body of persons and it also may identify a Principal Staff Officer (PSO), who is the coordinator of the supporting staff or a primary aide to an important …   Wikipedia

  • chief of staff — noun the senior officer of a service of the armed forces • Topics: ↑military, ↑armed forces, ↑armed services, ↑military machine, ↑war machine • Hypernyms: ↑military officer, ↑officer * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chief of Staff — 1. the senior officer of the U.S. Army or Air Force, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responsible to the secretary of a service branch. 2. (l.c.) the senior or principal staff officer in a brigade or division or higher unit in the U.S. Army …   Universalium

  • chief of staff — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms chief of staff : singular chief of staff plural chiefs of staff 1) the most senior officer in the army, navy, or air force 2) mainly American someone whose job is to manage the people who work for a government… …   English dictionary

  • Chief of Staff — Chiefs of Staff N COUNT The Chiefs of Staff are the highest ranking officers of each service of the armed forces. ...General Carl Vano, the chief of staff of the Army …   English dictionary

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