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chieftain


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chieftain  \Chief"tain\,  n.  [OE.  cheftayn  chevetayn  OF 
  chevetain  F.  capitaine  LL  capitanus  fr  L.  caput  head. 
  Cf  {Captain},  and  see  {chief}.] 
  A  captain,  leader,  or  commander;  a  chief;  the  head  of  a 
  troop,  army,  or  clan. 
 
  Syn:  Chief;  commander;  leader;  head.  See  {Chief}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chieftain 
  n  1:  the  leader  of  a  group  of  people;  "a  captain  of  industry" 
  [syn:  {captain}] 
  2:  the  head  of  a  tribe  or  clan  [syn:  {headman},  {tribal  chief}] 




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