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[kaw-deel-yoh, -dee-oh; Spanish kou-th ee-lyaw, -th ee-yaw] /kɔˈdil yoʊ, -ˈdi oʊ; Spanish kaʊˈði lyɔ, -ˈði yɔ/
noun, plural caudillos
[kaw-deel-yohz, -dee-ohz; Spanish kaw-th ee-lyaws, -th ee-yaws] /kɔˈdil yoʊz, -ˈdi oʊz; Spanish kɔˈði lyɔs, -ˈði yɔs/ (Show IPA)
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, especially a military dictator.
1850-55; < Spanish < Late Latin capitellum, equivalent to Latin capit- (stem of caput) head + -ellum diminutive suffix; see -elle Unabridged
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Examples for caudillos
  • These caudillos were not always welcome, but they were not publicly condemned either.
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/kɔːˈdiːljəʊ; Spanish kauˈðiʎo/
noun (pl) -los (-jəʊz; Spanish) (-ʎos)
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader
Word Origin
Spanish, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput head
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Word Origin and History for caudillos
dictator in Spain or Latin America, 1852, from Sp. caudillo "leader, chief," from L.L. capitellum, dim. of caput "head" (see head).
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