al·cai·de also al·cay·de (ăl-kīdē)
The commander or governor of a fortress in Spain or Portugal.
[Spanish, from Arabic al-qā'id, the leader : al-, the + qā'id, leader, active participle of qāda, to lead; see qwd in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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