ca·​cique | \ kə-ˈsēk How to pronounce cacique (audio) \

Definition of cacique

1 : a native Indian chief in areas dominated primarily by a Spanish culture
2 : a local political boss in Spain and Latin America

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Other Words from cacique

caciquism \ kə-​ˈsē-​ˌki-​zəm How to pronounce caciquism (audio) \ noun

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This angered a cacique (local boss), who thought the mayor was muscling in on his turf. The Economist, "Why being a mayor in Mexico is so dangerous," 5 May 2018 This angered a cacique (local boss), who thought the mayor was muscling in on his turf. The Economist, "Why being a mayor in Mexico is so dangerous," 5 May 2018 Pedro Páramo, the main character of the novel and the unmet father of its narrator, Juan Preciado, is a cacique (boss), who by violence and threat appropriates all the land in the fictional town of Comala, along with many of its women. The Economist, "Mexico’s maestro of menaceWhy Juan Rulfo’s fiction of fear is still revered in Latin America," 14 Dec. 2017 The arrogance (and stupidity) of the bishops, the nearness of the church with caciques, narcos and all kinds of harmful people and, above all, the silence of the Catholic hierarchy regarding child abuse. The New York Times, New York Times, "In Mexican Slum, Pope Francis Laments Economic Gap FEB. 14, 2016," 13 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of cacique

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cacique

Spanish, from Taino, chief

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