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[cheef-duh m]
  1. the rank or office of a chief.
  2. the territory or people over which a chief rules.
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Origin of chiefdom

First recorded in 1570–80; chief + -dom
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Examples from the Web for chiefdom

Historical Examples

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

    The Personal Life Of David Livingstone

    William Garden Blaikie

  • 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.

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