Definition of capitao mor in US English:

capitao mor

(also capitão mor, capitão mór)

noun

historical
  • In Portuguese colonies: (the title of) a nobleman acting as a representative of the Portuguese government and governing a captaincy.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Duke of Wellington (1769–1852), army officer and prime minister. From Portuguese capitão mor from capitão + mor.

Pronunciation

capitao mor

/ˌkapɪtaʊ ˈmɔː/