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alcaide

[al-kahy-dee; Spanish ahl-kahy-th e] /ælˈkaɪ di; Spanish ɑlˈkaɪ ðɛ/
noun, plural alcaides
[al-kahy-deez; Spanish ahl-kahy-th es] /ælˈkaɪ diz; Spanish ɑlˈkaɪ ðɛs/ (Show IPA)
(in Spain, Portugal, Southwestern U.S., etc.)
1.
a commander of a fortress.
2.
a jailer; the warden of a prison.
Also, alcayde.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Spanish < Arabic al-qā'id the leader
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alcaide

/ælˈkeɪd; Spanish alˈkaɪðe/
noun (in Spain and Spanish America)
1.
the commander of a fortress or castle
2.
the governor of a prison
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qā'id the captain, commander, from qād to give orders
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