adelantado

noun
ade·​lan·​ta·​do | \ ˌa-də-ˌlän-ˈtä-(ˌ)dō \
plural -s

Definition of adelantado

: a civil and military governor of a province in Spain or her colonies

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First Known Use of adelantado

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Adelantado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adelantado. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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