Namely vs Chiefly - What's the difference?

namely | chiefly |

As adverbs the difference between namely and chiefly

is that namely is especially, above all while chiefly is (focus) especially or primarily; above all.

As an adjective chiefly is

of, or relating to a chief.




  • Especially, above all.
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  • *:THus was sir Tramtryst longe there wel cherysshed / with the kynge and the quene / and namely with la beale Isoud / So vpon a daye / the quene and la beale Isoud made a bayne for syre Tramtryst / And whan he was in his bayne / the quene and Isoud her doughter romed vp & doune in the chamber
  • Specifically; that is to say.
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  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“The story of this adoption is, of course, the pivot round which all the circumstances of the mysterious tragedy revolved. Mrs. Yule had an only son, namely , William, to whom she was passionately attached ; but, like many a fond mother, she had the desire of mapping out that son's future entirely according to her own ideas.

    Usage notes

    A synonymous expression is the use of colon—":", as in "There are three ways to do it: the right way, the wrong way." Considered a dependent clause, a comma' should follow the expression and either a '''semicolon''' or ' comma should precede it, depending on the strength of the break in continuity. "Namely" can thus almost be considered a conjunction.


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    (en adverb)
  • (focus) especially or primarily; above all
  • (focus) mainly or principally; almost entirely
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • of, or relating to a chief
  • English focus adverbs