cacique

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

cacique (plural caciques)

  1. (historical) Originally a tribal chief in the Spanish West Indies.
  2. A local political leader in Latin America.
  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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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 Taino *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) chieftain (Indian chief in a tribe)
  2. (by extension) a very powerful person

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

cacique m (plural caciques, feminine cacica)

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

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