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chieftain

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Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈtʃiːf.tən/, alt: IPA: /ˈtʃif.tən/, IPA: /ˈtʃif.tin/

Noun

Singular
chieftain

Plural
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  1. A leader of a clan or tribe.
  2. A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
  3. (capitalized) The name of a British military tank.

Synonyms

A very powerful person

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