Alcaide



a commander of a fortress.
a jailer; the warden of a prison.
Historical Examples

The alcaide’s appearance was strange to the eyes of him, who had last seen him in the light European garb of his country.
The Pastor’s Fire-side Vol. 4 (of 4) Jane Porter

The humbler officials of the tribunal were the nuncio, the portero and the carcelero or alcaide de las carceles secretas.
A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2, Henry Charles Lea

Louis inquired how the alcaide reported the state of the Basha; and asked the purport of his visit to the cell.
The Pastor’s Fire-side Vol. 4 (of 4) Jane Porter

Besides these the alcaide of the prison was to keep lists of those relaxed and penanced with three indexes.
A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2, Henry Charles Lea

Senhor, I exclaimed, you remind me of the alcaide of Montijo, who hesitated to approach his mother-in-law until she was gloved.
Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes Charles Sellers and Others

In 1662, a minute code of instructions for the alcaide shows us what at that time were the regulations.
A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2, Henry Charles Lea

He subsequently did good service, and Affonso179 de Albuquerque appointed him alcaide mr of Goa.
A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama 1497-1499 Unknown

It was read to the queen, and its tidings were confirmed by communications from Alonso Vallejo and the alcaide of Cadiz.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6 Various

The two older towers which contained, one the chimes and the other the dwelling of the alcaide, have quite disappeared.
Cathedrals of Spain John A. (John Allyne) Gade

This bale is like an alcaide, and is always attended by two hundred men armed with swords and bucklers.
A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama 1497-1499 Unknown

noun (in Spain and Spanish America)
the commander of a fortress or castle
the governor of a prison

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