chieftaincy

noun
chief·​tain·​cy | \ ˈchēf-tən-sē How to pronounce chieftaincy (audio) \
plural chieftaincies

Definition of chieftaincy

1 : the rank, dignity, office, or rule of a chieftain
2 : a region or a people ruled by a chief

First Known Use of chieftaincy

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Chieftaincy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chieftaincy. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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