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

  • n. An Indian chief, especially in the Spanish West Indies and other parts of Latin America during colonial and postcolonial times.
  • n. A local political boss in Spain or Latin America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Originally a tribal chief in the Spanish West Indies.
  • n. A local political leader in Latin America.
  • n. Any of a number of tropical blackbirds from Central America and South America, family Icteridae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See Cazique.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The title of native princes or head chiefs of Hayti, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, and other regions of America, who were found reigning there when these countries were discovered by the Spaniards. Also applied to the chiefs of independent tribes of Indians in modern times.
  • n. In the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina, 1669, a dignitary of the next rank to the landgraves. There were to be two in each county.
  • n. A bird of the genus Cacicus (which see).
  • n. Also written cassique, cazique, cazic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. black-and-red or black-and-yellow orioles of the American tropics


American Spanish, from Arawak kassequa, chieftain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Taino cacike or Arawak kassequa, both meaning "chieftain" (Wiktionary)



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