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(in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, especially a military dictator.
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noun (pl) -los (-jəʊz; Spanish) (-ʎos)
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader

dictator in Spain or Latin America, 1852, from Spanish caudillo, cabdillo “leader, chief,” from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) “head” (see capitulum). Later in Spain taken by Franco as a title in imitation of German Führer, Italian Duce.


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