- (in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, especially a military dictator.
Origin of caudillo
Examples from the Web for caudillo
Like Assange, Snowden is a tempting piece on the Ecuadoran caudillo's geopolitical game board.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?
June 26, 2013
Though Urquiza was a caudillo he had no such ambition for supreme power as plagued Rosas.The South American Republics Part I of II
Thomas C. Dawson
- (in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader
Word Origin and History for caudillo
dictator in Spain or Latin America, 1852, from Spanish caudillo, cabdillo "leader, chief," from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Later in Spain taken by Franco as a title in imitation of German Führer, Italian Duce.