Ringleader vs Chieftain - What's the difference?

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Ringleader is a related term of chieftain.


As nouns the difference between ringleader and chieftain

is that ringleader is a leader of a group of people, especially an unofficial group while chieftain is a leader of a clan or tribe.

ringleader

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • a leader of a group of people, especially an unofficial group
  • a person who starts and leads a disturbance (such as a riot), a conspiracy, or a criminal gang
  • * The police arrested the ringleaders of the smuggling operation.
  • * (1590): William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 2 : A sort of naughty persons, lewdly bent, / Under the countenance and confederacy / Of Lady Eleanor, the protector's wife, / The ringleader and head of all this rout, / Have practis'd dangerously against your state...
  • chieftain

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A leader of a clan or tribe.
  • A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
  • Synonyms

    * (A very powerful person) chief, big gun, big shot, big wheel, bigwig, boss, employer, foreman, head, heid bummer, leader, mandarin, manager, mover and shaker, top banana, top dog, tycoon