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noun, plural gen·er·al·is·si·mos. (in certain countries)
  1. the supreme commander of the armed forces.
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Origin of generalissimo

1615–25; < Italian, superlative of generale general
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  • I don't know who or what they took me for; certainly not for the Generalissimo.

  • "This particular matter does not concern you, Generalissimo," Watson rapped at him.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • "You were a chevalier of the Order, mon lieutenant, if I remember," said the Generalissimo.

  • "Yes, yes," said the Generalissimo, and then he looked at his watch again.

  • He was appointed by them generalissimo of the forces, with a salary of 10,000 a year.

British Dictionary definitions for generalissimo


noun plural -mos
  1. a supreme commander of combined military, naval, and air forces, esp one who wields political as well as military power
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian, superlative of generale general
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Word Origin and History for generalissimo


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

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