Definition of gastaldo
1 : the representative of a king on his domains in medieval Italy especially among the Lombards
2 : a steward in a nobleman's household
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Origin and Etymology of gastaldo
Italian castaldo, gastaldo, from Medieval Latin castaldus, gastaldus, from a Lombard word akin to Old English gesteald abode, from ge- (perfective & collective prefix) + -steald (akin to Old English stealdan to possess); akin to Old High German hagustalt day laborer, bachelor, Gothic gastaldan to acquire, possess, Old English steall place, position, stall — more at stall
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