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00:16 Aug 6, 2000
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: chief
Chief as in chief of a tribe

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naStammesoberhaupt or StammeshauptUlrike Lieder
naHäuptlingDan McCrosky
naChef, Vorgesetzter, LeiterT.T.C. FRANCE EURL



13 mins
Chef, Vorgesetzter, Leiter

In the technical field, this is a person working in a company with subordinates.

    PC-Bibliothek Langescheidt Deutsch-Englisch-Deutsch
Local time: 07:04

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Dan McCrosky
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42 mins

This is the correct translation according to Langenscheidt and Duden/Oxford but the term has been used in so many derogative and humorous contexts that some might be offended. I do not know of any substitute though.

- HTH - Dan

Dan McCrosky
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Stammesoberhaupt or Stammeshaupt

Dan's right; Häuptling carries an almost derogatory connotation. It would depend entirely on your context whether or not you could use "Häuptling".

Stammeshaupt or Stammesoberhaupt is a somewhat clumsy expression, but more "politically correct".

Ulrike Lieder
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Native speaker of: German
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