Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun In the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina, 1669, a dignitary of the next rank to the landgraves. There were to be two in each county.
  • noun A bird of the genus Cacicus (which see).
  • noun Also written cassique, cazique, cazic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See Cazique.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish, from Arawak kassequa, chieftain.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Taino cacike or Arawak kassequa, both meaning "chieftain"

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