from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An official in charge of a district of Nazi Germany.
  • n. Any overbearing or unpleasant official, especially a local official.


From German Gauleiter, from Gau ‘administrative division’ + Leiter ‘leader’. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Kerans shrugged, smiling at her amiably. 'I missed you.'
    'Good boy. I thought perhaps that the gauleiter here had been trying to frighten you with his horror stories.'"
    The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard, p 37 of the 50th anniversary edition

    September 3, 2012