Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The commander or governor of a fortress in Spain or Portugal.

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  • noun The governor or commander of a Spanish or Portuguese fortress or prison.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish, from Arabic al-qā’id, the leader : al-, the + qā’id, leader, active participle of qāda, to lead; see qwd in Semitic roots.]

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From Spanish alcaide, from Arabic القائد (al-qā’id).

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