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chiefdom

[cheef-duh m] /ˈtʃif dəm/
noun
1.
the rank or office of a chief.
2.
the territory or people over which a chief rules.
Origin of chiefdom
1570-1580
1570-80; chief + -dom
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  • It should be the largest and most magnificent of all the Indian head-dresses, as it is the insignia of chiefdom.

  • Candidates for the chiefdom had to show their fitness, and "a young lord's first spoil" was a necessary exploit.

    Irish Nationality Alice Stopford Green
  • His love for his wife was an insane love—it far outdid his love for his chiefdom.

    Skookum Chuck Fables Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
  • Sebituane's successor in the chiefdom was his daughter, Ma-mochisane.

Word Origin and History for chiefdom
n.

1570s, from chief (n.) + -dom.

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