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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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). Doublet of captain.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʃiːf.tən/, /ˈtʃif.tən/, /ˈtʃif.tin/

NounEdit

chieftain ‎(plural chieftains)

  1. A leader of a clan or tribe.
  2. A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.

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ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English cheftayne, from Old French chevetaine, from Late Latin capitaneus, from Latin caput(head), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

chieftain ‎(plural chieftains)

  1. chieftain