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Okay, onto assignment number two: Jeffrey Goldberg’s fascinating portrait of Hamas chieftain Nizar Rayyan.
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Origin and Etymology of chieftain
Middle English chieftaine, from Anglo-French chevetain, from Late Latin capitaneus chief — more at captain
First Known Use: 14th century
CHIEFTAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chieftain for English Language Learners
: a leader of a tribe or clan
CHIEFTAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of chieftain for Students
: a chief especially of a band, tribe, or clan
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