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cacique

[kuh-seek]
noun
  1. a chief of an Indian clan or tribe in Mexico and the West Indies.
  2. (in Spain and Latin America) a political boss on a local level.
  3. (in the Philippines) a prominent landowner.
  4. 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

1545–55; < Spanish < Taino (Hispaniola)
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Contemporary Examples of cacique

Historical Examples of cacique

  • He sat in the midst of a circle of lamplighters, and was the cacique, or chief of the tribe.

    The Lamplighter

    Charles Dickens

  • The Cacique looked at the carriers on their backs and frowned.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • She put on her Shaman's dress and about the middle of the day the Cacique of the Sun sent for them.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • He was the Cacique of the Sun and he was vexed because he had not been called earlier.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Then they would crowd around the Cacique of the Sun to argue the matter.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin


British Dictionary definitions for cacique

cacique

cazique (kəˈziːk)

noun
  1. a Native American chief in a Spanish-speaking region
  2. (esp in Spanish America) a local political boss
  3. any of various tropical American songbirds of the genus Cacicus and related genera: family Icteridae (American orioles)
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Word Origin for cacique

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