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[kuh-seek] /kəˈsik/
a chief of an Indian clan or tribe in Mexico and the West Indies.
(in Spain and Latin America) a political boss on a local level.
(in the Philippines) a prominent landowner.
any of several black and red or black and yellow orioles of the American tropics that construct long, pendent nests.
Origin of cacique
1545-55; < Spanish < Taino (Hispaniola) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He sat in the midst of a circle of lamplighters, and was the cacique, or chief of the tribe.

    The Lamplighter Charles Dickens
  • He was the cacique of the Sun and he was vexed because he had not been called earlier.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Then they would crowd around the cacique of the Sun to argue the matter.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • She put on her Shaman's dress and about the middle of the day the cacique of the Sun sent for them.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The cacique looked at the carriers on their backs and frowned.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Ayllon struck down the cacique with his own sword as the nearest at hand.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Just at midnight the cacique put his martial bands in motion.

  • But he could not learn that the cacique had ever heard of such a body of water.

  • It was that cacique to whom those Nepoios went, which came with us from the town of Toparimaca.

    The Discovery of Guiana Sir Walter Raleigh
British Dictionary definitions for cacique


a Native American chief in a Spanish-speaking region
(esp in Spanish America) a local political boss
any of various tropical American songbirds of the genus Cacicus and related genera: family Icteridae (American orioles)
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, of Arawak origin; compare Taino cacique chief
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