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[jen-er-uh-lis-uh-moh] /ˌdʒɛn ər əˈlɪs əˌmoʊ/
noun, plural generalissimos. (in certain countries)
the supreme commander of the armed forces.
Origin of generalissimo
1615-25; < Italian, superlative of generale general Unabridged
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  • I don't know who or what they took me for; certainly not for the generalissimo.

  • "This particular matter does not concern you, generalissimo," Watson rapped at him.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • "Yes, yes," said the generalissimo, and then he looked at his watch again.

  • "You were a chevalier of the Order, mon lieutenant, if I remember," said the generalissimo.

  • He was appointed by them generalissimo of the forces, with a salary of 10,000 a year.

  • "Name me generalissimo of all the troops," said Munnich, with solemnity.

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
  • I must myself be the generalissimo of my own troops, or I should no longer be the ruler!

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for generalissimo


/ˌdʒɛnərəˈlɪsɪˌməʊ; ˌdʒɛnrə-/
noun (pl) -mos
a supreme commander of combined military, naval, and air forces, esp one who wields political as well as military power
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, superlative of generalegeneral
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Word Origin and History for generalissimo

1620s, from Italian generalissimo, superlative of generale, from a sense development similar to French general (see general (n.)).

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