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Etymology edit

From chieftain +‎ -ess. Middle English had an equivalent form cheventaynes but the OED asserts the term was derived anew in modern English in the 19th century.[1]

Noun edit

chieftainess (plural chieftainesses)

  1. A female chieftain.
  2. The wife of a chieftain.

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References edit

  1. ^ James A. H. Murray [et al.], editors (1884–1928), “Chieftainess”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume II (C), London: Clarendon Press, →OCLC, page 340, column 2.