• WordNet 3.6
    • n chieftainship the position of chieftain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chieftainship The rank, dignity, or office of a chieftain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chieftainship The office or rank of a chieftain; chiefship.
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In literature:

She lost her air of command, her sense of chieftainship, and sat humbly at the feet of this shining visitor from the East.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
Let us now enter into rivalry, and see which of us can roar the loudest; for to him shall belong the chieftainship of the world.
"Aino Folk-Tales" by Basil Hall Chamberlain
Upon the death of Massasoit, his eldest son Alexander was invested with the chieftainship.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
These have become signs of chieftainship, and are taken over by the new chief when he is elected by the tribesmen.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
So by his deeds and his experience in field, camp and council he was a veteran and had won the chieftainship of the twelve hundred Miamis.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
We must put down chieftainship altogether.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Then I would seize the chieftainship, and federate a great nation, even as Tshaka had done, and Nangeza should help me to rule it.
"The King's Assegai" by Bertram Mitford
By the establishment of this law of descent, the evils of a hereditary chieftainship were obviated.
"An Address, Delivered Before the Was-ah Ho-de-no-son-ne or New Confederacy of the Iroquois" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Bosambo of Monrovia, that usurper of the Ochori chieftainship, sent him from time to time news of the outlying peoples.
"Sanders of the River" by Edgar Wallace
The chieftainship from that time forward became hereditary in the family.
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
The immigrants introduced the cult of the dead and the institutions of taboo, totemism and chieftainship.
"Man, Past and Present" by Agustus Henry Keane
In the old days, a chief's daughter was expected to marry the son of her uncle, and so keep the chieftainship in the family.
"Indian Legends Retold" by Elaine Goodale Eastman
His chieftainship may have been derived from his being the originator of the band, but it was kept up and sustained by his being its bully.
"The Finger of Fate" by Mayne Reid
Oswald and I were summoned, and a number of those who owned Oswald's chieftainship.
"The Last of the Vikings" by John Bowling
A kendo, the insignia of chieftainship here, had been procured from the Shimba people, from whose country the kendo comes.
"Lost in the Jungle" by Paul Du Chaillu
They were the first tribe of old, and had the first chieftainship.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
They were the first tribe of old, and had the first chieftainship.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The country is divided into small chieftainships.
"Twenty-Five Years in a Waggon in South Africa" by Andrew A. Anderson
Tamahu was dead, and this occurred in the first year of my chieftainship of the Azjar.
"The Veiled Man" by William Le Queux
He knows they are planning for his removal from the chieftainship.
"Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains" by A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham