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chief·tain

 (chēf′tən)
n.
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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chieftain

(ˈtʃiːftən; -tɪn)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the head or leader of a tribe or clan
2. the chief of a group of people
[C14: from Old French chevetaine, from Late Latin capitāneus commander; see captain]
ˈchieftaincy, ˈchieftainˌship n
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chief•tain

(ˈtʃif tən)

n.
1. the chief of a clan or a tribe.
2. a leader of a group, band, etc.: the robbers' chieftain.
[1275–1325; Middle English cheftayne, variant of chevetaine < Old French < Late Latin capitāneus captain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chieftain - the leader of a group of people; "a captain of industry"
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
2.chieftain - the head of a tribe or clanchieftain - the head of a tribe or clan    
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
Indian chief, Indian chieftain - the leader of a group of Native Americans
pendragon - the supreme war chief of the ancient Britons
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chieftain

noun
One who is highest in rank or authority:
Slang: honcho.
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Translations
زَعيمُ القَبيلَه
náčelník
høvding
törzsfõnök
höfîingi
náčelník
kabile reisi

chieftain

[ˈtʃiːftən] Njefe/a m/f, cacique m (LAm)
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chieftain

[ˈtʃiːftən] nchef m
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chieftain

n (of tribe)Häuptling m; (of clan)Oberhaupt nt, → Älteste(r) m; (of robber band)Hauptmann m; the village chieftainder Dorfälteste
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chieftain

[ˈtʃiːftən] ncapo tribù
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chief

(tʃiːf) adjective
greatest in importance etc. the chief cause of disease.
noun
the head of a clan or tribe, or a department, business etc.
ˈchiefly adverb
mainly. She became ill chiefly because she did not eat enough.
ˌchief eˈxecutive ˌofficer noun
(also CEO) the president of a large company.
ˈchieftain (-tən) noun
the head of a clan, tribe etc.
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References in classic literature ?
There were few formalities observed in approaching the Martian chieftain. My captor merely strode up to the rostrum, the others making way for him as he advanced.
He evidently explained briefly the incidents connected with his expedition, including my capture, and when he had concluded the chieftain addressed me at some length.
From among those who had not been of the searching party a chieftain arose and turned a scowling face upon O-Tar.
With one accord, chieftains and warriors, they turned and bolted for the doorway; a narrow doorway, where they jammed, fighting and screaming in an effort to escape.
And at first he sings small, and is hail-fellow-well-met with Sheamus -- that's James of the Glens, my chieftain's agent.
If he can hurt Ardshiel, he has his wish; if he can pluck the meat from my chieftain's table, and the bit toys out of his children's hands, he will gang hame singing to Glenure!"
It was with a sigh of relief that their chieftain saw the party disappear about a headland a short distance up-river.
- Expedition of M'Dougal and David Stuart- Comcomly, the OneEyed Chieftain.- Influence of Wealth in Savage Life.- Slavery Among the Natives.-An Aristocracy of Flatheads.- Hospitality Among the Chinooks- Comcomly's Daughter.- Her Conquest.
"The good chieftain had chosen warriors of the Geatish people, the bravest of those who he could find.
Shouldering his way through the throng of warriors, the mighty chieftain advanced toward me.
Robert Campbell, from whom we have most of these facts, in the course of one of his trapping expeditions, was quartered in the village of Arapooish, and a guest in the lodge of the chieftain. He had collected a large quantity of furs, and, fearful of being plundered, deposited but a part in the lodge of the chief; the rest he buried in a cache.
Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity.