Meaning of podesta

po•des•ta

Pronunciation: (pō-des'tu, pō"du-stä'), [key]
— n.
  1. any of certain magistrates in Italy, as a chief magistrate in medieval towns and republics.
  2. a person appointed to serve as mayor of an Italian city during the Fascist regime.
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