Definition of chieftainship in US English:

chieftainship

noun

  • See chieftain

    • ‘In no case did chieftainship give rise to a caste system.’
    • ‘And how does it differ from sovereignty or chieftainship in practical terms (other than being easier to type)?’
    • ‘Through the ages trade has occurred between clans, tribal chieftainships, and kingdoms.’
    • ‘Also no chieftainship can clearly say that its lineage, either patrimonially, matrimonially or otherwise, has always had a dispute-free succession.’
    • ‘The Guarani were horticulturists organized in chieftainships based on extended kinship.’

Pronunciation

chieftainship

/ˈtʃift(ə)nˌʃɪp//ˈCHēft(ə)nˌSHip/