chief·​tain·​cy ˈchēf-tən-sē How to pronounce chieftaincy (audio)
plural chieftaincies
: the rank, dignity, office, or rule of a chieftain
: a region or a people ruled by a chief

Examples of chieftaincy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their regional chieftaincies, each headed by a leader known as a cacique, crumbled away. Robert M. Poole, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Oct. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of chieftaincy was in 1788

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“Chieftaincy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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