cacique

[ kuh-seek ]
/ kəˈsik /

noun

a chief of an Indian clan or tribe in Mexico and the West Indies.
(in Spain and Latin America) a political boss on a local level.
(in the Philippines) a prominent landowner.
any of several black and red or black and yellow orioles of the American tropics that construct long, pendent nests.

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Origin of cacique

First recorded in 1545–55; from Spanish, from Taíno (Hispaniola)
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British Dictionary definitions for cacique

cacique

cazique (kəˈziːk)

/ (kəˈsiːk) /

noun

a Native American chief in a Spanish-speaking region
(esp in Spanish America) a local political boss
any of various tropical American songbirds of the genus Cacicus and related genera: family Icteridae (American orioles)

Word Origin for cacique

C16: from Spanish, of Arawak origin; compare Taino cacique chief
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