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1. One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader.
a. A chief petty officer.
b. Nautical The chief engineer of a ship.
3. Slang A supervisor; a boss.
4. Heraldry The upper section of a shield.
1. Highest in rank, authority, or office: the chief scientist in the lab.
2. Most important or influential: the chief ingredients in the stew. See Usage Note at absolute.

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

chief′dom n.
chief′ship′ n.
Synonyms: chief, foremost, leading1, main, primary, prime, principal
These adjectives refer to what is first in rank, importance, or influence: his chief concern; the foremost scholar in her field; the leading cause of heart disease; the main building on campus; the primary purpose of the legislation; a prime example of wasteful spending; the principal figures in the plot.


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a graded social group led by a chief whose position the chief usually accedes to
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the region ruled by a chief
3. the office or position of a chief
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As such, there will no longer be any district or chiefdom level restrictions on movement," President Ernest Bai Koroma said in an address to the nation late Thursday.
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The topics include interaction structures and the development of early complex society in the region, from small household clusters to the central place of the Bogota chiefdom in Columbia, a multiscalar view on the evolution of social complexity in the Rio Parita Valley of central Pacific Panama, and household organization and communal feasts in the Panamanian village of El Hatillo.
One of these was the Qwabe chiefdom, which settled just across the Tugela within sight and under constant threat from the Zulu state, and it is to their transformation that Mahoney pays particular attention.
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