Definition of podestate in English:

podestate

noun

historical
  • Originally: †a civic magistrate or governor, especially of an Italian city; = podestà (obsolete). In later use: the rule or office of a podestà.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Puttenham (1529–?1591), writer and literary critic. From Middle French, French podestat from Italian podestà.