chieftain

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noun chief·tain \ˈchēf-tən\

Definition of chieftain

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

chieftainship

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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

chieftain

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noun chief·tain \ˈchēf-tən\

Definition of chieftain for English Language Learners

  • : a leader of a tribe or clan


CHIEFTAIN Defined for Kids

chieftain

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noun chief·tain \ˈchēf-tən\

Definition of chieftain for Students

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


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