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1. An Indian chief, especially in the Spanish West Indies and other parts of Latin America during colonial and postcolonial times.
2. A local political boss in Spain or Latin America.

[American Spanish, from Arawak kassequa, chieftain.]


(kəˈsiːk) or


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a Native American chief in a Spanish-speaking region
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (esp in Spanish America) a local political boss
3. (Animals) any of various tropical American songbirds of the genus Cacicus and related genera: family Icteridae (American orioles)
[C16: from Spanish, of Arawak origin; compare Taino cacique chief]



1. a chief of an Indian clan or tribe in Mexico and the West Indies.
2. (in Spain and Latin America) a political boss on a local level.
[1545–55; < Sp < Taino (Hispaniola)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cacique - black-and-red or black-and-yellow orioles of the American tropics
American oriole, New World oriole, oriole - American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
Cacicus, genus Cacicus - a genus of tropical American orioles
References in classic literature ?
When close, the cacique Pincheira hailed the besieged to give up their arms, or he would cut all their throats.
Many Indians of pure blood reside here: the tribe of the Cacique Lucanee constantly have their Toldos [2] on the outskirts of the town.
Their chief pride consists in having everything made of silver; I have seen a cacique with his spurs, stirrups, handle of his knife, and bridle made of this metal: the head-stall and reins being of wire, were not thicker than whipcord; and to see a fiery steed wheeling about under the command of so light a chain, gave to the horsemanship a remarkable character of elegance.
I'm now ready to burst with grief at seeing my green coat torn, and they come to ask me to whip myself of my own free will, I having as little fancy for it as for turning cacique.
5) Peticiones presentadas por don Gabriel Fernandez Guarache gobernador y cacique principal del pueblo de Jesus de Machaca por si y por los demas caciques, hilacatas y enteradores de la provincia de Pacajes.
El cacicazgo muisca en los anos posteriores a la Conquista: del psihipqua al cacique colonial, 1537-1575.
23 July 2013 -- US ratings agency Fitch Ratings said that the international and national ratings of Banco Societe Generale Brasil SA Banco Cacique SA and Banco Pecunia SA and the national ratings of Banco Credit Agricole Brasil SA are not affected by the downgrade of their parents' issuer default ratings on July 17, 2013.
His country decorated him with the Cacique Crown of Honour in 1997 and, in the USA in 2002, he was honored with the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for international service.
El puesto de cacique correspondia al del ulmen (hombre rico) de la sociedad mapuche pero tambien seguia los lineamientos de la institucion del lonko (cabeza) que unia, ritual y politicamente, al lof o comunidad.
Then and Now: The Carlos Cacique O'Farrill Award Student Lighting Design Competition is announced as a way to provide financial aid to students participating in the study of illumination.
La alternativa ciudadana, de editorial Debate-, en el cual lo califica de "intelectual organico neo liberal" y lo considera "gran cacique cultural, indigno heredero del legado intelectual de uno de los mas notables hombres de letras del siglo XX mexicano", el historiador Enrique Krauze entrego a Proceso este breve texto:
En la cronica de Santiago Avendano se describe el asesinato de treinta y dos mujeres en el marco de las exequias de Paine, principal autoridad, cacique o lonko (1) de los rankulche (2) de Leubuco en al actual provincia de La Pampa, hacia 1844 (aunque existen otras cronologias con diferencias de dos o tres anos).