podesta

podesta

[poh-des-tuh, poh-duh-stah]
noun
1.
any of certain magistrates in Italy, as a chief magistrate in medieval towns and republics.
2.
a person appointed to serve as mayor of an Italian city during the Fascist regime.

Origin:
1540–50; < Italian podestà power < Latin potestās power, command

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podesta (pɒˈdɛstə, Italian podeˈsta)
 
n
1.  (in modern Italy) a subordinate magistrate in some towns
2.  (in Fascist Italy) the chief magistrate of a commune
3.  in medieval Italy
 a.  any of the governors of the Lombard cities appointed by Frederick Barbarossa
 b.  a chief magistrate in any of various republics, such as Florence
 
[C16: from Italian: power, from Latin potestās ability, power, from posse to be able]

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