What does the word chieftain mean?

Usage examples for chieftain

  1. " Chieftain"- Tian threw forth his voice-" your word must be as iron- 'Six captains shall attend. – Kai Lung's Golden Hours by 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) by 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 by Lydia Maria Child