the leader or chief official of a political district under Nazi control.

Origin of gauleiter

1935–40; < German, equivalent to Gau region + Leiter director Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gauleiter



a provincial governor in Germany under Hitler
(sometimes not capital) informal a person in a position of petty or local authority who behaves in an overbearing authoritarian manner

Word Origin for Gauleiter

from German, from Gau district + Leiter leader
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