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The mayor or chief judicial official of a Spanish town.
[Spanish, from Arabic al-qāḍī : al-, the + qāḍī, judge, active participle of qaḍā, to judge; see qṣ́y in Semitic roots.]
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alcalde(ælˈkældɪ; Spanish alˈkalde) or
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Spain and Spanish America) the mayor or chief magistrate in a town
[C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qādī the judge, from qadā to judge]
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al•cal•de(ælˈkæl di, -ˈkɑl-)
n., pl. -cal•des also -cades. (in Spain and southwestern U.S.)
a mayor having judicial powers.
[1605–15; < Sp < Arabic al-qāḍī the judge]
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|Noun||1.||alcalde - a mayor or chief magistrate of a Spanish town|
judge, jurist, justice - a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
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