[al-kahy-dee; Spanish ahl-kahy-th e]

noun, plural al·cay·des [al-kahy-deez; Spanish ahl-kahy-th es] /ælˈkaɪ diz; Spanish ɑlˈkaɪ ðɛs/.


or al·cay·de

[al-kahy-dee; Spanish ahl-kahy-th e]

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

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

Origin of alcaide

1495–1505; < Spanish < Arabic al-qā'id the leader Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun (in Spain and Spanish America)

the commander of a fortress or castle
the governor of a prison

Word Origin for alcaide

C16: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qā'id the captain, commander, from qād to give orders
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