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chieftain

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noun chief·tain \ˈchēf-tən\

Simple Definition of chieftain

  • : a leader of a tribe or clan

Full Definition of chieftain

  1. :  a chief especially of a band, tribe, or clan

chief·tain·ship play \-ˌship\ noun

Origin of chieftain

Middle English chieftaine, from Anglo-French chevetain, from Late Latin capitaneus chief — more at captain


First Known Use: 14th century



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