Warlord vs Chieftain - What's the difference?

warlord | chieftain |


As nouns the difference between warlord and chieftain

is that warlord is a high military officer in a warlike nation while chieftain is a leader of a clan or tribe.

warlord

Noun

(en noun)
  • A high military officer in a warlike nation.
  • A local ruler or bandit leader usually where the government is weak.
  • Derived terms

    * warlording

    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