cacique

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish cacique, from Taíno *kasike or Arawak kassequa, cazaqah (chieftain; power).

Noun[edit]

cacique (plural caciques)

  1. (historical) A tribal chief in the Spanish West Indies.
    Synonym: chieftain
    • 1993 December 5, Anthony Depalma, “Why Mexico Has Only One Big Hat In the Ring”, in New York Times[1]:
      Mexico has loved a strong leader since before Moctezuma. Indigenous tribes were ruled by caciques, or chieftans[sic], and in some rural communities caciques are still unchallenged.
  2. A local political leader in Latin America.
    Coordinate term: caudillo
  3. (ornithology) Any of a number of tropical blackbirds from Central America and South America, family Icteridae.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish cacique.

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cacique m (plural caciques)

  1. (historical) chieftain (Indian chief in a tribe)
  2. (by extension) a very powerful person

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish cacique, from Taíno *kasike or Arawak kassequa, cazaqah (chieftain; power).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: ca‧ci‧que

Noun[edit]

cacique m (plural caciques, feminine cacica, feminine plural cacicas)

  1. (historical) cacique (chieftain)
    Synonym: chefe
  2. (by extension) very powerful person

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Taíno *kasike (chieftain) or Arawak kassequa (chieftain; power).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /kaˈθike/
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /kaˈsike/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

cacique m (plural caciques, feminine cacica, feminine plural cacicas)

  1. (historical) chieftain (Indian chief in a tribe)
  2. (by extension) powerful person, fat cat
  3. (ornithology) cacique (bird)

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  • English: cacique
  • French: cacique
  • German: Kazike
  • Portuguese: cacique

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