or al·cay·de

[ al-kahy-dee; Spanish ahl-kahy-the ]
/ ælˈkaɪ di; Spanish ɑlˈkaɪ ðɛ /
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noun, plural al·cai·des [al-kahy-deez; Spanish ahl-kahy-thes]. /ælˈkaɪ diz; Spanish ɑlˈkaɪ ðɛs/. (in Spain, Portugal, Southwestern U.S., etc.)

a commander of a fortress.
a jailer; the warden of a prison.



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Origin of alcaide

First recorded in 1495–1505; from Spanish, from Arabic al-qā'id “the leader”
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British Dictionary definitions for alcaide

/ (ælˈkeɪd, Spanish alˈkaɪðe) /

noun (in Spain and Spanish America)

the commander of a fortress or castle
the governor of a prison
C16: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qā'id the captain, commander, from qād to give orders
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