Chieftain meaning

chēftən
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The leader or head of a group, especially of a clan or tribe.
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A chief or leader, esp. of a clan or tribe.
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A leader of a clan or tribe.
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A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
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Origin of chieftain

  • Middle English cheftain from Old French chevetain from Late Latin capitāneus from Latin caput head kaput- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English cheftayne, a variant of Old French chevetaine, from Late Latin capitaneus (English captain), from Latin caput (“head”), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput- (English head).

    From Wiktionary