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Meaning of caudillo

cau•dil•lo

Pronunciation: (kô-dēl'yō, -dē'ō Sp. kou-&thslashē'lyô, -&thslashē'yô), [key]
— pl. -dil•los
  1. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, esp. a military dictator.
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