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caudillo

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noun cau·di·llo \kau̇-ˈthē-(ˌ)yō, -ˈthēl-(ˌ)yō\

Definition of caudillo

plural cau·di·llos

  1. :  a Spanish or Latin-American military dictator



Origin of caudillo

Spanish, chief, leader, from Late Latin capitellum small head — more at cadet


First Known Use: 1852


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