[cheef-duh m]


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

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Word Origin and History for chiefdom

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper