chieftain

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

chieftain (plural chieftains)

  1. chieftain