I've wondered if there are many synonyms for chieftain because I can't think of any.

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    Here are 232 of them. Did you attempt to search for an answer to your question using the internet first? – Ian MacDonald Jul 9 '18 at 15:13
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    Can you can elaborate on the specific usage that you are hoping to address? It would help to know which words you have already considered and why they do not fit so that better options may be suggested. – Ian MacDonald Jul 9 '18 at 15:28
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    I doubt there are any English words that specifically mean Icelandic chieftain . . . – Jason Bassford Jul 9 '18 at 15:59
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    Back in the Middle Ages, there was a French noun/title, "captal", that would be the equivalent (more or less) of the English noun/title "chieftain". – tautophile Jul 9 '18 at 16:16
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    There's this thing called a "thesaurus". – Hot Licks Jul 9 '18 at 17:11

I checked around for descriptions of the duties for such an Icelandic chieftain. I found the duties of the office to be rather nebulous, but seemed to fit within the English words - leader, governor, and priest. Or, to put it another way "One who is in charge of" various duties that encompassed civic, legal, and spiritual responsibilities. Possibly the original word "chieftain", which is from the English word "captain", expresses this vague leadership role the best.

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