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- noun The commander or governor of a fortress in Spain or Portugal.
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- noun The
governoror commanderof a Spanishor Portuguese fortressor prison.
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Come with me, illustrious sir, and I will show thee the marvels hidden within this transparent castle, whereof I am the alcaide and perpetual warden; for I am Montesinos himself, from whom the cave takes its name. '
Belmonte consigo á aquel lugar, y fué alcaide en la fortaleza dél todo el tiempo que vivió, y el mas principal y mas limpio que habia en él, desto que el mundo llama limpieza, como siendo necesario probaré bastantemente '(_Documentos inéditos_, vol. X, pp. 385-386).
The next day this account was confirmed; for, at seven in the morning, an alcaide came and ordered all our people out to work, excepting the sick.
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But early next morning, when they approached the shore, the Spanish _alcaide_, Francisco de Tapia, commanded a gun to be fired at the ship from the castle; whereupon the English, seeing the reception accorded them, sailed back to Porto Rico, there obtained some provisions in exchange for pewter and cloth, and departed for Europe,
On hearing from the alcaide the cause of the affray, he acted with becoming dignity, ordering the guards from the room and directing that the renegade should be severely punished for daring to infringe the hospitality of the palace and insult an embassador.
To the old alcaide who served as governor of Denia word was brought, at the end of a day of fierce tempest, that a Moorish ship was approaching the shore.
The alcaide returned a courteous answer, offering the princess and her train the shelter of the castle, but saying that he had not the power to release them.
Seeking Don Juan, they found him playing chess with the alcaide of the palace, and the renegade at once began to comment on the
"What are the revenues of the alcaide of Gibraltar?" he asked of two
St. George and Terceira, and alcaide mõr of the town of Tavilla, became acquainted with these sad events, he resolved to fit out a vessel at his own cost, and to go and search for his brothers.