[al-kal-dee; Spanish ahl-kahl-th e]
- a mayor having judicial powers.
Also al·cade [al-keyd] /ælˈkeɪd/.
Origin of alcalde
1605–15; < Spanish < Arabic al-qāḍī the judge
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Examples from the Web for alcade
With due consideration for thy rank, alcade, thou shalt ornament a topping branch of your own beech tree.
The alcade and postmaster were false to their country, and in the pay of the invaders.
His magisterial brow, for he was alcade as well as schoolmaster, relaxed into a civil smile.
As soon as a traveller enters the village, the Alcade and the Rejidores make their appearance, and demand his passport.
The alcade's cane is at times stronger than the soldier's sword, and to break it you require a stronger cane, that is all.The Queen of the Savannah
- (in Spain and Spanish America) the mayor or chief magistrate in a town
C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qādī the judge, from qadā to judge
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