gastaldo

noun gas·tal·do \gəˈstäl(ˌ)dō\

Definition of gastaldo

plural

gastaldi

\-(ˌ)dē\
  1. 1 :  the representative of a king on his domains in medieval Italy especially among the Lombards

  2. 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


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