the mayor of a Spanish or Spanish-American town, with certain judicial powers
Origin of alcaldeSpanish ; from Arabic al q???, the judge ; from qa??, to judge
The mayor or chief judicial official of a Spanish town.
Origin of alcaldeSpanish, from Arabic al-qa&dlowdot;&imacron; : al-, the + qa&dlowdot;&imacron;, judge, active participle of qa&dlowdot;a, to judge; see q&saclod;y in Semitic roots.
- Not to be confused with alcaide.