podesta[pō′des tä′, pō′des tä′]
- a chief magistrate of a medieval Italian town
- a minor official in an Italian town
Origin of podestaItalian podestà ; from Classical Latin potestas, power ; from potis, able: see potent
Origin of podestaItalian podestà, from Old Italian podestate, from Latin potestās, power, from potis, powerful, able; see poti- in Indo-European roots.
- One of the chief magistrates of the Italian republics in the Middle Ages.
- A mayor, alderman, or other magistrate, in some towns of Italy.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.