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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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chiefdom

n.

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

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