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al·cai·dealso al·cay·de (ăl-kī′dē)
The commander or governor of a fortress in Spain or Portugal.
[Spanish, from Arabic al-qā'id, the leader : al-, the + qā'id, leader, active participle of qāda, to lead; see qwd in Semitic roots.]
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alcaide(ælˈkeɪd; Spanish alˈkaɪðe)
(in Spain and Spanish America) n
1. the commander of a fortress or castle
2. the governor of a prison
[C16: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qā'id the captain, commander, from qād to give orders]
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or al•cay•de(ælˈkaɪ di)
n., pl. -des.
(esp. in Spain and Portugal)
1. a commander of a fortress.
2. a jailer; the warden of a prison.
[1495–1505; < Sp < Arabic al-qā'id the leader]
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