generalissimo

[ jen-er-uh-lis-uh-moh ]
/ ˌdʒɛn ər əˈlɪs əˌmoʊ /

noun, plural gen·er·al·is·si·mos. (in certain countries)

the supreme commander of the armed forces.

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  1. general-obligation bond,
  2. general-purpose,
  3. generalcy,
  4. generalisation,
  5. generalise,
  6. generalist,
  7. generality,
  8. generalization,
  9. generalize,
  10. generalized

Origin of generalissimo

1615–25; < Italian, superlative of generale general

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British Dictionary definitions for generalissimo

generalissimo

/ (ˌdʒɛnərəˈlɪsɪˌməʊ, ˌdʒɛnrə-) /

noun plural -mos

a supreme commander of combined military, naval, and air forces, esp one who wields political as well as military power

Word Origin for generalissimo

C17: from Italian, superlative of generale general

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Word Origin and History for generalissimo

generalissimo

n.

1620s, from Italian generalissimo, superlative of generale, from a sense development similar to French general (see general (n.)).

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