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caudillo

[kaw-deel-yoh, -dee-oh; Spanish kou-th ee-lyaw, -th ee-yaw]
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noun, plural cau·dil·los [kaw-deel-yohz, -dee-ohz; Spanish kaw-th ee-lyaws, -th ee-yaws] /kɔˈdil yoʊz, -ˈdi oʊz; Spanish kɔˈði lyɔs, -ˈði yɔs/.
  1. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, especially a military dictator.
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Origin of caudillo

1850–55; < Spanish < Late Latin capitellum, equivalent to Latin capit- (stem of caput) head + -ellum diminutive suffix; see -elle
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caudillo

noun plural -los (-jəʊz, Spanish -ʎos)
  1. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader
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Word Origin

Spanish, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput head
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Word Origin and History for caudillo

n.

dictator in Spain or Latin America, 1852, from Spanish caudillo, cabdillo "leader, chief," from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Later in Spain taken by Franco as a title in imitation of German Führer, Italian Duce.

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