[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chiefdom

  • 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
  • Sebituane's successor in the chiefdom was his daughter, Ma-mochisane.

  • 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)