gauleiter

noun
gau·​lei·​ter | \ ˈgau̇-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce gauleiter (audio) \

Definition of gauleiter

1a : a district leader in Nazi Germany who served as a provincial governor
b : a subordinate political official resembling a Nazi gauleiter in function or in autocratic manner
2 : a person with an arrogant overbearing outlook or manner

First Known Use of gauleiter

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gauleiter

German, from Gau party district in Nazi Germany + Leiter leader

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“Gauleiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gauleiter. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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