- 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.
Origin of cacique
1545–55; < Spanish < Taino (Hispaniola)
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Examples from the Web for cacique
It is from the perspective of a Mexican cacique on his deathbed.My Father Sergio Muñoz Bata’s Friendship With Novelist Carlos Fuentes
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He sat in the midst of a circle of lamplighters, and was the cacique, or chief of the tribe.The Lamplighter
The Cacique looked at the carriers on their backs and frowned.
She put on her Shaman's dress and about the middle of the day the Cacique of the Sun sent for them.
He was the Cacique of the Sun and he was vexed because he had not been called earlier.
Then they would crowd around the Cacique of the Sun to argue the matter.
- 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)
C16: from Spanish, of Arawak origin; compare Taino cacique chief
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