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[gou-lahy-ter] /ˈgaʊˌlaɪ tər/

the leader or chief official of a political district under Nazi control.
a provincial governor in Germany under Hitler
(sometimes not capital) (informal) a person in a position of petty or local authority who behaves in an overbearing authoritarian manner

a district political official in Nazi Germany; by extension, a local official who is dictatorial
Word Origin

German gau ‘administrative district’ + leiter ‘leader’


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