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From Middle English cheftayne, a variant of Old French chevetaine, from Late Latin capitaneus, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] caput (“‘head’”). chieftain is thus etymologically related to the word captain.
- A leader of a clan or tribe.
- A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
- (capitalized) The name of a British military tank.
A very powerful person
- big gun
- big shot
- big wheel
- heid bummer
- mover and shaker
- top banana
- top dog
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