Part of speech: noun

The head of a Highland clan; chief; leader.

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Usage examples "chieftain":

  1. " Chieftain"- Tian threw forth his voice-" your word must be as iron- 'Six captains shall attend. - "Kai Lung's Golden Hours", Ernest Bramah Commentator: Hilaire Belloc.
  2. Baker, however, had the good fortune to be well received by the chieftain Kamurasi, and, as he was at this moment suffering from a severe attack of fever, the friendliness of this Central African chieftain was probably the means of saving his life. - "History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)", S. Rappoport.
  3. The request was granted; and such was his confidence in the black chieftain that he went to his camp with only three attendants, through miles of country full of armed negroes. - "The Freedmen's Book", Lydia Maria Child.