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Chiefly in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries: a member of a cabildo or municipal council; a councillor; a village official.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in James Mabbe (d. ?1642), translator. From Spanish regidor governor from regir to rule, to reign (14th cent.; from classical Latin regere to rule, govern + -dor, suffix forming agent nouns. Compare Old Occitan regidor governor, Catalan regidor ruler, controller.
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