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alcalde Line breaks: al|calde
Pronunciation: /alˈkaldeɪ/

Definition of alcalde in English:


A magistrate or mayor in a Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American town.
Example sentences
  • Every locality as well has its municipal head of government, its alcalde, or - where a village has become a dependency of a larger seat in the municipality - an alcalde pedáneo (dependent mayor).
  • Based on information from injured victims, relatives, neighbors, and witnesses, the local alcaldes or, in larger villages, their equivalent corregidores/justicias mayores, soon undertook the investigation of the crimes.
  • Observing that the alcalde held his post by the grace of General Wood, Hanna threatened him with replacement and even more dire consequences ‘If we do not find the body within three hours.’


Mid 16th century: Spanish, from Arabic al-qāḍī 'the judge' (see cadi).

Words that rhyme with alcalde

Chaldee, Fittipaldi, Vivaldi
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