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[cheef-duh m] /ˈtʃif dəm/
the rank or office of a chief.
the territory or people over which a chief rules.
Origin of chiefdom
First recorded in 1570-80; chief + -dom Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sebituane's successor in the chiefdom was his daughter, Ma-mochisane.

  • 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
  • It should be the largest and most magnificent of all the Indian head-dresses, as it is the insignia of chiefdom.

  • 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)
Word Origin and History for chiefdom

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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