Definition of cabildo in English:

cabildo

Pronunciation /kəˈbildō/ /kəˈbɪldoʊ/

nouncabildos

  • 1(in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries) a town council or local government council.

    ‘In some cases, local officials and members of indigenous cabildos colluded to divest the Indian communities of their land.’
    • ‘These masqueraders may well be members of a Congo cabildo who have agreed to be photographed in one of Havana's best-known photography studios.’
    • ‘Unfortunately also, the book neither provides new primary data nor new interpretations on the popular topic of Afro-Cuban cabildos, which have drawn much professional attention for their uniqueness.’
    • ‘Being forcefully transplanted in the New World as human commodities, these enslaved people of African birth formed their cabildos de naciones to adjust themselves culturally and psychologically.’
    • ‘In this form tourists could take home a memento of the parades and dances staged by Afro-Cuban cabildos.’
    • ‘In order to better grasp the significance of these elements I have also referenced other African-based Caribbean religions, like Palo Monte and Santeria, and social structures, like the cabildo.’
    • ‘These three drummers, along with the flag bearer on the extreme left, holding the cabildo's flag, are dressed in European-style pants, shirts, and hats.’
    1. 1.1A town hall.
      ‘‘We have no such thing in the United States,’ says Stephens, explaining that cabildos are ‘nation houses’ - houses associated with the various language groups that the slave trade brought to Cuba.’
      • ‘When slaves were drumming and dancing in the cabildos, Spanish colonial masters thought that they were honouring the saints.’
      • ‘When authorities found out that Catholic saints were identified with African gods and they were used to make rituals and sacred dances, they attempted to prohibit the presence of Catholic images in the Cabildos.’
      • ‘By the middle of the nineteenth century, a sizable urban population made up of slaves and former, or manumitted slaves, known as gente de color (people of color), could freely gather in the cabildos and develop their vital culture, complete with rites, indoctrinations, and celebrations reconstituted from the surviving remnants of a shattered African legacy.’

Origin

Spanish, from late Latin capitulum ‘chapter house’.