chiefess

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From chief +‎ -ess.

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Noun[edit]

chiefess (plural chiefesses)

  1. (Hawaii) A female chief or the wife of a chief.
    • 2012, Julia Flynn Siler, Lost Kingdom, Grove Press 2012, p. 7:
      Although Lili‘u was born a high chiefess, with lineage that reached back to the high chiefs under Kamehameha the Great, at the time of her birth it would never have seemed possible that she would someday become queen.

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