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adelantado

[ad-l-ahn-tah-doh; Spanish ah-th e-lahn-tah-th aw] /ˌæd l ɑnˈtɑ doʊ; Spanish ˌɑ ðɛ lɑnˈtɑ ðɔ/
noun, plural adelantados
[ad-l-ahn-tah-dohz; Spanish ah-th e-lahn-tah-th aws] /ˌæd l ɑnˈtɑ doʊz; Spanish ˌɑ ðɛ lɑnˈtɑ ðɔs/ (Show IPA).
History/Historical.
1.
a governor of a province in Spain or of a Spanish colonial province.
2.
any of the early explorers, conquerors, or colonizers in Spanish America.
Origin of adelantado
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; < Spanish, noun use of past participle of adelantar to go forward, derivative of adelante in front (a- (< Latin ad- ad-) + delante before, for denante < Late Latin dē in ante)
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