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 (kô-dēl′yō, -dē′yō, kou-)
n. pl. cau·dil·los
1. A leader or chief, especially a military dictator.
2. A political boss; an overlord.

[Spanish, leader, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]


(kɔːˈdiːljəʊ; Spanish kauˈðiʎo)
n, pl -los (-jəʊz; Spanish -ʎos)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader
[Spanish, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput head]


(Sp. kaʊˈði lyɔ, -ˈði yɔ)

n., pl. -dil•los (Sp. -ˈði lyɔs, -ˈði yɔs)
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, esp. a military dictator.
[1850–55; < Sp: chief, leader < Late Latin capitellum; see capital2]
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On the back they were led by the solid play of their captain, the caudillo and a veritable Wall of China, Lugano.
I know of no better insight into the inner workings of the caudillo regime, of the egomaniacal ruthless dictator sustained by a repressive state apparatus and compliant media.
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