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The leader or head of a group, especially of a clan or tribe.

[Middle English cheftain, from Old French chevetain, from Late Latin capitāneus, from Latin caput, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]

chief′tain·cy n.
chief′tain·ship′ n.
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Noun1.chieftaincy - the position of chieftain
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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Though there were a number older than he, they acknowledged his chieftaincy.
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr.
Sirleaf said Chieftaincy Elections will help the Government to address the many overlaps in the local government system.
Chapter 2 demonstrates how citizenship acquired meaning through a set of rules regarding the status of indigenes, women's enfranchisement and the abolition of chieftaincy, a key pillar of the colonial order.
Pervaiz Chandio, who had lodged the FIR at the A-Section police of Mehar town soon after the incident, told the investigators that MPA Nawab Chandio, the chieftain of his tribe in Mehar taluka, had been threatening his father and brothers with such dire consequences for some time because the Raees family's social welfare activities in the area had overshadowed the Nawab family's influence and the Nawab Chandio took it as a challenge to his chieftaincy.
Deputy Paroumount Chief of Bakgatla Kgosi Bana Sekai has hailed the Mangana regiment for having restored the dignity of the Bakgatla chieftaincy reiterating that , they displayed the sort of courage Kgosi kgafela would have expected of them.
It was in 1926, during the era of Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief Kuol Arop (1905-1945) and with the help of the British administration that they were transferred to Akwar Twic under the Paramount Chieftaincy Juuk Choom Ring, P/Chief Kuol's father-in-law and placed under Gogrial administration.
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Zuma was also honoured in a ceremony with the title of Ochiagha Imo, a traditional chieftaincy title that translates as the ceremonial leader of warriors.
Chieftaincy is an important and integral part of kingship institution in Yoruba communities.
Accompanied by his local government and chieftaincy affairs counterpart, Abdulkadir Zakka, the state commissioner for Information, Hamza Brodo, said the transformers would help enhance the state's power supply.