This was not quite how things appeared to the Caledonian chieftain Calgacus before he fought the invading Roman army in AD 83.
During a formal visit to the chieftain of the tribe, he was offered tea.
But there was something of the chieftain, something of the prophet, about him.
To Sigurd I will now openly tell, since the chieftain me thereto compels: thou wilt surely find that I lie not.
But he did have an idea that if he could somehow get word to the old Id chieftain help could be had.
"Come and eat," was the watchword of every chieftain on the Missouri.
Among rats the chieftain is, of necessity, pluperfect master of defence.
The chieftain's self-confidence was so ingrained and deeply set that he could not doubt his own triumph.
A chieftain might be cruel to his enemies, but never to his friends.
They looked like shadows as they gathered in the darkness about their chieftain.
early 14c., cheftayne "ruler, chief, head" of something, from Anglo-French chiefteyn, Old French chevetain "captain, chief, leader," from Late Latin capitaneus "commander," from Latin capitis, genitive of caput "head" (see capitulum). According to "Rob Roy" (1818) a Highland chieftain was the head of a branch of a clan, a chief was the head of the whole name. Related: Chieftainship.