chieftainnoun [ C ]uk /ˈtʃiːf.tən/ us /ˈtʃiːf.tən/
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- Both parties, under the chieftains' guidance, fought fiercely, in a fever of excitement, giving no heed to wounds, seeing nothing but the foe and the battlements to be scaled.
- He was a powerful chieftain, and there was an old feud between him and the men of Chester.
- He was straight American stock, but he was built like the chieftains of old Hawaii.
- Possibly they were intended to mark the graves of deceased chieftains.
- The messengers found the Saxon chieftains very ready to enter into Alfred's plans.