podesta[pō′des tä′, pō′des tä′]
- a chief magistrate of a medieval Italian town
- a minor official in an Italian town
Origin: It podestà < L potestas, power < potis, able: see potent
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Origin: Italian podestà, from Old Italian podestate, from Latin potestās, power, from potis, powerful, able; see poti- in Indo-European roots.