po·​de·​sta ˌpō-də-ˈstä How to pronounce podesta (audio)
: a chief magistrate in a medieval Italian municipality

Word History


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

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of podesta was in 1553

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“Podesta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podesta. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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