sub·​chief ˈsəb-ˌchēf How to pronounce subchief (audio)
variants or sub-chief
plural subchiefs or sub-chiefs
: a chief who is subordinate to 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

Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subchief was in 1796

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“Subchief.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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