caudillo

noun cau·di·llo \ kau̇-ˈt͟hē-(ˌ)yō , -ˈt͟hēl-(ˌ)yō \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of caudillo

plural caudillos
: a Spanish or Latin American military dictator

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Origin and Etymology of caudillo

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


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