dato

dato

[dah-toh; Spanish dah-taw]
noun, plural datos [dah-tohz; Spanish dah-taws] .
1.
(in the Philippines) a native chief.
2.
the headman of a barrio or of a Malay tribe.
Also, datu.


Origin:
1835–45; < Spanish or Portuguese < Malay datuk war chief

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dato (ˈdɑːtəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos
the chief of any of certain Muslim tribes in the Philippine Islands
 
[C19: from Spanish, ultimately from Malay dato' grandfather]

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