Alcalde (; ), or Alcalde ordinario, is the traditional Spanish municipal magistrate, who had both judicial and administrative functions. An alcalde was, in the absence of a corregidor, the presiding officer of the Castilian cabildo (the municipal council) and judge of first instance of a town. Alcaldes were elected annually, without the right to reelection for two or three years, by the regidores (council members) of the municipal council. The office of the alcalde was signified by a staff of office, which they were to take with them when doing their business.
Alcalde may have one of the following meanings.
Alcalde, the Spanish title of the chief administrator of a town
- Alcalde-Presidente, a mayor with attributions of a higher level.
- Alcalde, New Mexico
- The Alcalde, a magazine
- Alcalde and Fay, an American lobbying firm.
- Manuel Alcalde (1956-2004), Spanish race walker
Alcalde, NM -- U.S. Census Designated Place in New Mexico
Housing Units (2000): 138
Land area (2000): 0.512717 sq. miles (1.327932 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.512717 sq. miles (1.327932 sq. km)
FIPS code: 02070
Located within: New Mexico (NM), FIPS 35
Location: 36.087956 N, 106.057081 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Alcalde \Al*cal"de\, n. [Sp. alcalde, fr. Ar. al-q[=a]d[=i]
judge, fr. qada to decide, judge. Hence, the cadi of the
Turks. Cf. Cadi.]
A magistrate or judge in Spain and in Spanish America, etc.
Note: Sometimes confounded with Alcaid. [1913 Webster] ||
n. The traditional Spanish municipal magistrate, who had both judicial and administrative functions.
Usage examples of "alcalde".
The Alcalde, a man of immense importance in his own estimation, hesitated before accepting it.
Julia will see the necessity of satisfying the good Alcalde by showing him the letter - with, of course, the consent of my friend Conyngham.
He looked at the Alcalde and smiled, whereupon that official turned and made a signal with his hand to a man who, dressed in a quiet uniform, had appeared in the doorway of the house.
Julia relied upon him to deliver it, and her conduct towards the Alcalde had the evident object of gaining time for him to do so.
And persuade her to conciliate the Alcalde - to tell him some story or another.
The Alcalde is a mule, we know that, and anything that serves to magnify himself and his office is likely to be prolonged.
You have proved yourself strong - you have worsted that unfortunate Alcalde - be merciful to him now, and let this incident finish.
I may send the Alcalde to you, Julia - and you will tell him what you have told us?
Thure and Bud, he started down the street toward the office of the alcalde, before whom all criminal cases were tried, followed by Dave, the miner, with the horses of the boys, their two accusers, and the crowd, which had made no move to dispute the authority of the sheriff, although a little growling had been done.
The alcalde took his station near the trunk of the great oak, and summoned the prisoners and their accusers before him, while the crowd gathered in a grim and stern-faced circle around this improvised courtroom.
Thure and Bud, their eyes shifting restlessly from the face of the alcalde to the faces of the surrounding crowd.
Thure in a whisper to Bud, as the alcalde, having completed the tale of the jury, again turned to them.
In this rude and informal court the alcalde not only acted as judge, but also examined all witnesses.
When it was over and Thure and Bud again gave their attention to the court, Bill Ugger was about to continue with his testimony, the majority of the crowd having shown themselves so plainly in sympathy with the actions of the alcalde that the rougher ones evidently thought it wise to keep quiet.
As he jumped hastily to his feet, his face very red and his mouth flowing with apologies to the alcalde for his clumsiness, he glanced downward swiftly into one of his hands, and then, with another quick gleam of cunning triumph in his eyes, he quickly slipped the hand into one of his pockets, and, taking his place in front of the barrel, faced the alcalde.