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dato

[ dah-toh; Spanish dah-taw ]
/ ˈdɑ toʊ; Spanish ˈdɑ tɔ /
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noun, plural da·tos [dah-tohz; Spanish dah-taws], /ˈdɑ toʊz; Spanish ˈdɑ tɔs/,
(in the Philippines) a native chief.
the headman of a barrio or of a Malay tribe.
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Origin of dato

1835–45; <Spanish or Portuguese <Malay datuk war chief
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British Dictionary definitions for dato

dato
/ (ˈdɑːtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos
the chief of any of certain Muslim tribes in the Philippine Islands

Word Origin for dato

C19: from Spanish, ultimately from Malay dato' grandfather
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