caudillo

[ kaw-deel-yoh, -dee-oh; Spanish kou-thee-lyaw, -thee-yaw ]
/ kɔˈdil yoʊ, -ˈdi oʊ; Spanish kaʊˈði lyɔ, -ˈði yɔ /

noun, plural cau·dil·los [kaw-deel-yohz, -dee-ohz; Spanish kaw-thee-lyaws, -thee-yaws]. /kɔˈdil yoʊz, -ˈdi oʊz; Spanish kɔˈði lyɔs, -ˈði yɔs/.

(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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British Dictionary definitions for caudillo

caudillo
/ (kɔːˈdiːljəʊ, Spanish kauˈðiʎo) /

noun plural -los (-jəʊz, Spanish -ʎos)

(in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader

Word Origin for caudillo

Spanish, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput head
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