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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
1570-1580
1570-80; chief + -dom
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  • Both ruled over a confined area that could be called a chiefdom.
  • Elites, who made up a relatively small percentage of chiefdom populations, had a higher social standing than commoners.
  • The authoritarian chiefdom style of governing, represented sometimes by large earthen mounds, was disintegrating.
Word Origin and History for chiefdom
n.

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

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