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 (ăl-käl′dē, äl-käl′dĕ)
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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(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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(ælˈkæl di, -ˈkɑl-)

also al•cade


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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
city manager, mayor - the head of a city government
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References in classic literature ?
At the same time be observed that the man who had told them about the matter was wrong in saying that the two who brayed were regidors, for according to the lines of the standard they were alcaldes. To which Sancho replied, "Senor, there's nothing to stick at in that, for maybe the regidors who brayed then came to he alcaldes of their town afterwards, and so they may go by both titles; moreover, it has nothing to do with the truth of the story whether the brayers were alcaldes or regidors, provided at any rate they did bray; for an alcalde is just as likely to bray as a regidor." They perceived, in short, clearly that the town which had been twitted had turned out to do battle with some other that had jeered it more than was fair or neighbourly.
IMAGEN DEL DENTISTA IMAGEN DEL ALCALDE (Lenguaje expresivo) (Lenguaje informal) 1.
The Southern Hemisphere's first caviar business was launched in 1999, when ERN founder Javier Alcalde came across a Russian study suggesting that Australia and Uruguay could cultivate sturgeon.
(40) The day for an escribano customarily began between 7:00-8:00 in the morning in one of the local jails where he reviewed the Libro de entradas (Book of Admissions) for prisoners who had been arrested on the previous day by order of his magistrate or by his alcalde de barrio.
Police identified the injured as Ricardo San Pedro, resident of Barangay Bagumbayan North, Navotas City; while the car driver, who was reportedly tested positive for alcohol, as Ralf Alcalde, 44, resident of Barangay Longos, Malabon.
A police report said John Mark Alcalde was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay District 10 in Balayan town in Batangas at about 4 a.m.