podesta

noun
po·​de·​sta | \ ˌpō-də-ˈstä How to pronounce podesta (audio) \

Definition of podesta

: a chief magistrate in a medieval Italian municipality

First Known Use of podesta

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for podesta

Italian podestà, literally, power, from Latin potestat-, potestas, irregular from potis able — more at potent

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“Podesta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podesta. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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