On my mother's side I had some noted ancestors, but they left me no chieftainship.
They intimated to him that in all probability he would soon be elevated to the chieftainship.
She lost her air of command, her sense of chieftainship, and sat humbly at the feet of this shining visitor from the East.
No wonder the Indian that slew him was a brave and in the line of chieftainship!
This chieftainship is one of the largest of the States, and comprises about twelve thousand square miles.
Idling, he pointed out, was not the way to qualify for chieftainship.
In consequence he was cut off from the succession to the chieftainship, and publicly flogged.
He knows they are planning for his removal from the chieftainship.
Has a white man come to fight me for the chieftainship of the People of the Axe?
They were the first tribe of old, and had the first chieftainship.
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.