from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The mayor or chief judicial official of a Spanish town.
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- n. The traditional Spanish municipal magistrate, who had both judicial and administrative functions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A magistrate or judge in Spain and in Spanish America, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Spain and Portugal, and in countries settled by Spaniards or governed by Spanish law, the mayor of a pueblo or town, who is the head of the municipal council, and is vested with judicial powers similar to those of a justice of the peace.
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- n. a mayor or chief magistrate of a Spanish town
Spanish, from Arabic al-qāḍī : al-, the + qāḍī, judge, active participle of qaḍā, to judge; see qṢ́y in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish alcalde, from Arabic, meaning "judge". See qadi. (Wiktionary)