caudillo

caudillo

[kaw-deel-yoh, -dee-oh; Spanish kou-thee-lyaw, -thee-yaw]
noun, plural caudillos [kaw-deel-yohz, -dee-ohz; Spanish kaw-thee-lyaws, -thee-yaws] .
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, especially a military dictator.

Origin:
1850–55; < Spanish < Late Latin capitellum, equivalent to Latin capit- (stem of caput) head + -ellum diminutive suffix; see -elle

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caudillo (kɔːˈdiːljəʊ, Spanish kauˈðiʎo)
 
n , pl -los
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader
 
[Spanish, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput head]

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caudillo
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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