Definition of cabildo in English:



  • 1(in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries) a town council or local government council.

    • ‘Unfortunately also, the book neither provides new primary data nor new interpretations on the popular topic of Afro-Cuban cabildos, which have drawn much professional attention for their uniqueness.’
    • ‘In some cases, local officials and members of indigenous cabildos colluded to divest the Indian communities of their land.’
    • ‘Being forcefully transplanted in the New World as human commodities, these enslaved people of African birth formed their cabildos de naciones to adjust themselves culturally and psychologically.’
    • ‘These masqueraders may well be members of a Congo cabildo who have agreed to be photographed in one of Havana's best-known photography studios.’
    • ‘These three drummers, along with the flag bearer on the extreme left, holding the cabildo's flag, are dressed in European-style pants, shirts, and hats.’
    • ‘In order to better grasp the significance of these elements I have also referenced other African-based Caribbean religions, like Palo Monte and Santeria, and social structures, like the cabildo.’
    • ‘In this form tourists could take home a memento of the parades and dances staged by Afro-Cuban cabildos.’
    1. 1.1 A town hall.
      • ‘‘We have no such thing in the United States,’ says Stephens, explaining that cabildos are ‘nation houses’ - houses associated with the various language groups that the slave trade brought to Cuba.’
      • ‘When slaves were drumming and dancing in the cabildos, Spanish colonial masters thought that they were honouring the saints.’
      • ‘When authorities found out that Catholic saints were identified with African gods and they were used to make rituals and sacred dances, they attempted to prohibit the presence of Catholic images in the Cabildos.’
      • ‘By the middle of the nineteenth century, a sizable urban population made up of slaves and former, or manumitted slaves, known as gente de color (people of color), could freely gather in the cabildos and develop their vital culture, complete with rites, indoctrinations, and celebrations reconstituted from the surviving remnants of a shattered African legacy.’


Spanish, from late Latin capitulum ‘chapter house’.