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[al-kal-dee; Spanish ahl-kahl-th e] /ælˈkæl di; Spanish ɑlˈkɑl ðɛ/
noun, plural alcaldes
[al-kal-deez; Spanish ahl-kahl-th es] /ælˈkæl diz; Spanish ɑlˈkɑl ðɛs/ (Show IPA)
(in Spain and Southwestern U.S.)
a mayor having judicial powers.
Also, alcade
[al-keyd] /ælˈkeɪd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of alcalde
1605-15; < Spanish < Arabic al-qāḍī the judge Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To the first worldly shelter you sought—the peon's hut or the alcalde's casa—you would have thought it necessary to bring a story.

  • So did the young alcalde, sympathetically seated at her side.

  • This he succeeded in doing, by begging the alcalde for a real to buy bread with!

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The alcalde's wife talked incessantly and was not wanting in humor.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • The alcalde laboriously bent one knee and wagged his head in a disgusted manner, while the alferez looked pale and penitent.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • The alcalde and the secretary and the judge have been removed from office?

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • When vespers ended he returned to the house of the alcalde, where he was quartered.

  • This young man was the right hand of the alcalde—his name Gregorio Cagatinta.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • That same day the Governor and alcalde and their suites were bidden to a farewell banquet on board the luxurious yacht.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The other pensive wanderer was Cagatinta, of whom the alcalde had again taken the advantage.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for alcalde


/ælˈkældɪ; Spanish alˈkalde/
(in Spain and Spanish America) the mayor or chief magistrate in a town
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qādī the judge, from qadā to judge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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