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 Websterâ€™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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.