My own chieftaincy I could demit without regret, knowing that it would fall into your hands.
Chiefs in ancient Greece were necessarily wealthy, and in Europe wealth led to chieftaincy.
When the Old King died without any sons, a contest arose over the successorship to the chieftaincy.
My good fortune now brought me under the chieftaincy of Sir Frederick Treves, the doyen of teachers.
Though there were a number older than he, they acknowledged his chieftaincy.
Sometimes the chieftaincy is hereditary in a particular clan, but more often the chieftaincy is elective.
Besides, have you not heard that my fathers came from the East, bearing the marks of chieftaincy?
"Shanklin, as the previous newest man, grabbed back the chieftaincy," he plunged ahead.
That the chieftaincy was neither inherited nor permanent is indicated by the proliferation of chiefs' names in historical sources.
And when he departed, albeit he may have had no suspicion of that fact, Mr. Croker left his chieftaincy behind.
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.