cacique definition by Webster's New World
- in Spanish America, an Indian chief
- in Spanish America and Spain, a local political boss
- any of various tropical American blackbirds (family Icteridae) with conical bills
Origin: Spanish ; from Arawak word meaning “prince,” “lord”
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- caciquism noun
cacique definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An Indian chief, especially in the Spanish West Indies and other parts of Latin America during colonial and postcolonial times.
- A local political boss in Spain or Latin America.
Origin: American Spanish, from Arawak kassequa, chieftain.