gen·​er·​a·​lis·​si·​mo ˌje-nə-rə-ˈli-sə-ˌmō How to pronounce generalissimo (audio)
plural generalissimos
: the chief commander of an army

Example Sentences

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, 17 Sep. 2020 Like generalissimo, Allen is given to strong pronouncements. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 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, 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, 5 Oct. 2017 Many statues of the generalissimo were removed The Economist, 5 Oct. 2017 The owner of Chez Panisse and generalissimo of the organic food revolution? Gregory Cowles, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History


Italian, from generale general

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of generalissimo was in 1621

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Cite this Entry

“Generalissimo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


gen·​er·​a·​lis·​si·​mo ˌjen-(ə-)rə-ˈlis-ə-ˌmō How to pronounce generalissimo (audio)
plural generalissimos
: the commander in chief of an army


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