chieftain


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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.

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

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]
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

chieftain

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

chieftain

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

chieftain

[ˈtʃiːftən] nchef m

chieftain

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

chieftain

[ˈtʃiːftən] ncapo tribù

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.
References in classic literature ?
The chieftain rose to his feet and uttered the name of my escort who, in turn, halted and repeated the name of the ruler followed by his title.
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.
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.
They were resolute, however, and launched their boat, while the wary chieftain followed at some short distance in his canoe.
The good chieftain had chosen warriors of the Geatish people, the bravest of those who he could find.
Seizing his shield and drawing his sword, he cried, "Come, let us go to him, let us help our chieftain, although the grim terror of fire be hot.
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.
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.