from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A leader or chief, especially a military dictator.
- n. A political boss; an overlord.
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- n. leader
- n. A military dictator, especially one ruling in Latin America.
Spanish, leader, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish caudillo, from Late Latin capitellum, based on Latin caput, capitis "head". (Wiktionary)