Origin of chieftain
Examples from the Web for chieftain
This was not quite how things appeared to the Caledonian chieftain Calgacus before he fought the invading Roman army in AD 83.
The chieftain's warriors thou wouldst to Ran consign, had a bar not crossed thee.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
The result was that the Karwan chieftain and his tribe were persuaded that the British were afraid to meet them.The Pacification of Burma|Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
The most important feature of it all was the death of the great Walla Walla chieftain, Peupeumoxmox.The Columbia River|William Denison Lyman
British Dictionary definitions for chieftain
Word Origin for chieftain
Word Origin and History for chieftain
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.