Meaning of chiefly

chief•ly

Pronunciation: (chēf'lē), [key]
— adv.
  1. primarily; essentially: He phoned chiefly to let us know he was feeling better.
  2. mainly; mostly: This dish consists chiefly of noodles.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or like a chief: his chiefly responsibilities.
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