Definition of adelantado
: a civil and military governor of a province in Spain or her colonies
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Origin and Etymology of adelantado
Spanish, from past participle of adelantar to put ahead, advance, from adelante ahead, from a- (from Latin ad-) + delante before, in front of, alteration of obsolete denante, from de of, from (from Latin) + enante before, in front of, from Late Latin in ante, from Latin in + ante before
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
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