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[al-kal-dee; Spanish ahl-kahl-th e]
noun, plural al·cal·des [al-kal-deez; Spanish ahl-kahl-th es] /ælˈkæl diz; Spanish ɑlˈkɑl ðɛs/. (in Spain and Southwestern U.S.)
  1. a mayor having judicial powers.
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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 alcalde

Historical Examples

  • With the Queen you will have a better chance than at the hands of any alcalde.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The President responds to a message from the Alcalde of Palos.

  • The tale was smooth enough to satisfy the alcalde, and they were allowed to depart.

  • The stern, dark face of the Alcalde was overspread by a grim smile.

  • The old major directed him to go to the alcalde of the first village.

British Dictionary definitions for alcalde


alcade (ælˈkeɪd)

  1. (in Spain and Spanish America) the mayor or chief magistrate in a town
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Word Origin

C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qādī the judge, from qadā to judge
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