Sp ˌmäryeˈlētō
plural -s
: an emigrant from Cuba to the U.S. who exited Cuba through the port of Mariel during the mass emigration of 1980

Word History


American Spanish, from Mariel, Cuba

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Marielito was in 1980

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“Marielito.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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