Definition of chiefdom in US English:

chiefdom

noun

  • See chief

    • ‘The population, divided into a dozen chiefdoms and supported by intensive agriculture, soon rose to 15,000 or more.’
    • ‘However, during the late 1800s, British troops invaded Zulu territory and divided the Zulu land into thirteen chiefdoms.’
    • ‘The area was divided into independent chiefdoms.’
    • ‘Within the area of his chiefdom, which extends far beyond the village, live 6,800 people.’
    • ‘How do we expect development to take place in such chiefdoms?’

Pronunciation

chiefdom

/ˈtʃifdəm//ˈCHēfdəm/