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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.
Contract Awarded for Feke Forest Management Directorate of Personnel Management Personnel Chieftaincy, Saripinar Chief of GE-rE-mze (GE-rE-mze and Kehr), and Feke Business Conducting the Worshipers of Public Protection Team Building (Pasali Mah) Construct Repairs Construction Of.
In recent years, Yam activities had been discontinued because of chieftaincy disputes and conflict over ownership of cave lands.
37) Only scattered references can be found in the missionary sources about what Brra Kwe did between leaving the chieftaincy in 1935 and his death in May 1948.
Uganda's spy agency, the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has on several occasions linked ADF-NALU to al-Shabaab.
The family, first four daughters namely Ogonna, Nnenne, Obioma, and Amara and later Chiaku, gathers to witness the posthumous conferment of chieftaincy titles on their great-grand parents, Obiatu and Ejimnaka, who along with others, are being honoured for the role they played in pre-colonial and colonial Umuga community.
Rather, they used the local chieftaincy groups to identify themselves.
The MAP set out to interpret how a Viking Age chieftaincy worked at the scales of both settlement (the church farm of Hrisbru) and landscape (the Mosfell Valley, near Reykjavik in western Iceland), using all available textual evidence in addition to archaeological survey and excavation.
His life took a new direction in 2008, however, when he was selected by the Orhue Ruling House Chieftaincy Selection Committee to be the next king of the Okpe Kingdom.
Isn't Harbiyar Marri, a fugitive from law wanted for the murder of a Balochistan high court judge, the scion of the Marri chieftaincy, spearheading the insurgency in his dynasty's fief in Balochistan from his redoubt in London?
Religion and Chieftaincy in Ghana: An Explanation of the Persistence of a Traditional Political Institution in West Africa