gauleiter

noun

gau·​lei·​ter ˈgau̇-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce gauleiter (audio)
1
a
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gauleiter was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Gauleiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gauleiter. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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