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Gauleiter Syllabification: Gau·lei·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈɡouˌlīdər/

Definition of Gauleiter in English:


1 historical A political official governing a district under Nazi rule.
Example sentences
  • He may feel revulsion at Hitler's lack of humanity; he may despise the boorishness of the Nazi Gauleiters.
  • He erected his strategy into a ‘shield philosophy’ protecting France from the possible rule of a Gauleiter.
  • On 18 September Himmler wrote to the Gauleiter in Warthegau, Greiser, informing him.


1930s: German, from Gau 'administrative district' + Leiter 'leader'.

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