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[suh-pree-moh, soo-]
noun, plural su·pre·mos. Chiefly British Informal.
  1. the person in charge; chief.
  2. a person of supreme or complete power, authority, ability, etc.: His victory makes him the new chess supremo.
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Origin of supremo

1935–40; < Spanish or Italian supremo, both < Latin suprēmus supreme1; E sense perhaps especially < Spanish El Supremo as the title of Latin-American dictators, e.g., J. G. Rodríguez Francia (1766–1840), Paraguayan dictator
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noun plural -mos
  1. British informal a person in overall authority
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Word Origin

C20: from supreme
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