What does podesta mean?

Definitions for podestapoʊˈdɛs tə, ˌpoʊ dəˈstɑ

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Podesta(noun)

    one of the chief magistrates of the Italian republics in the Middle Ages

  2. Podesta(noun)

    a mayor, alderman, or other magistrate, in some towns of Italy

  3. Origin: [It. podest, fr. L. potestas power, magistracy. See Potent.]


  1. Podestà

    Podestà is the name given to certain high officials in many Italian cities beginning in the later Middle Ages. Mainly it meant the chief magistrate of a city state, the counterpart to similar positions in other cities that went by other names, e.g. rettori, but it could also mean the local administrator, who was the representative of the Holy Roman Emperor. Currently, Podestà is the title of mayors in Italian-speaking municipalities of Graubünden in Switzerland. The term derives from the Latin word potestas, meaning power. Like the development of the Islamic term "Sultan", a term meaning "Power" or "Authority" eventually became the title of the person holding power.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Podesta

    pō-des′tä, n. a chief magistrate in the medieval Italian republics: an inferior municipal judge. [It.,—L. potestas, power.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Podesta

    the name given to the chief magistrate of an Italian town, with military as well as municipal authority; he was salaried, and annually elected to the office by the council, and had to give an account of his administration at the end of his term.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of podesta in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of podesta in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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