gen·​er·​a·​lis·​si·​mo | \ ˌjen-rə-ˈli-sə-ˌmō How to pronounce generalissimo (audio) , ˌje-nə- \
plural generalissimos

Definition of generalissimo

: the chief commander of an army

Examples of generalissimo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between then and now, a blink of an eye, that same corporal became a generalissimo, a writer, and an editor supremo. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Roger Angell Turns One Hundred," 17 Sep. 2020 Like generalissimo, Allen is given to strong pronouncements. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Redskins’ decline deepens under Daniel Snyder, but don’t compare him to Dean Spanos," 7 Oct. 2019 Her romance with Castro and another with the Venezuelan generalissimo Marcos Pérez Jiménez, who fathered her daughter, both appear to have been confirmed. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Marita Lorenz, Who Told Tales of Castro and Kennedy, Dies at 80," 5 Sep. 2019 After a few years of meandering, though, Oliver Cromwell, a member of parliament turned generalissimo led a coup d’état. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "How hard will McCarthy go against Mueller?," 23 Apr. 2018 Many statues of the generalissimo were removed; about 100 of them are now dotted round a park next to one of Chiang’s villas in Cihu district in northern Taiwan, where his body lies in a black marble sarcophagus. The Economist, "Gissimo and Missimo’s mansionsChiang Kai-shek’s former homes are open to tourists," 5 Oct. 2017 Many statues of the generalissimo were removed The Economist, "Gissimo and Missimo’s mansionsChiang Kai-shek’s former homes are open to tourists," 5 Oct. 2017 The owner of Chez Panisse and generalissimo of the organic food revolution? Gregory Cowles, New York Times, "Alice Waters’s Grilled Cheese Is Not Like Yours and Mine," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of generalissimo

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for generalissimo

Italian, from generale general

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28 Sep 2020

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“Generalissimo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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