Meaning of adelantado

a•de•lan•ta•do

Pronunciation: (ad"l-än-tä'dō Sp. ä"&thslashe-län-tä'&thslashô), [key]
— pl. -dos
  1. a governor of a province in Spain or of a Spanish colonial province.
  2. any of the early explorers, conquerors, or colonizers in Spanish America.
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