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chieftain

noun chief·tain \ˈchēf-tən\

: a leader of a tribe or clan

Full Definition of CHIEFTAIN

:  a chief especially of a band, tribe, or clan
chief·tain·ship \-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
CHIEFTAINSHIP Defined for Kids

chieftain

noun chief·tain \ˈchēf-tən\

Definition of CHIEFTAIN for Kids

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

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