subchief

noun sub·chief \ ˈsəb-ˌchēf \
variants: or sub-chief

Definition of subchief

plural subchiefs or sub-chiefs
: a chief who is subordinate to a another chief
  • A fairly complex political system was developed with a head chief in the main town and a subchief in each village.
  • —Barbara A. Leitch

First Known Use of subchief

1796

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