One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A magistrate or mayor in a Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American town.
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- ‘Every locality as well has its municipal head of government, its alcalde, or - where a village has become a dependency of a larger seat in the municipality - an alcalde pedáneo (dependent mayor).’
- ‘While Diego's father and others fret and fume about the new alcalde, Diego feigns disinterest.’
- ‘Based on information from injured victims, relatives, neighbors, and witnesses, the local alcaldes or, in larger villages, their equivalent corregidores/justicias mayores, soon undertook the investigation of the crimes.’
- ‘He briefly served as alcalde, or magistrate [nagistrate], of San Luis Rey Mission, California, and did a stint in the California goldfields.’
- ‘Observing that the alcalde held his post by the grace of General Wood, Hanna threatened him with replacement and even more dire consequences ‘If we do not find the body within three hours.’’
Mid 16th century: Spanish, from Arabic al-qāḍī ‘the judge’ (see qadi).
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