plural Negrillos or Negrilloes
: a member of a people (such as Pygmies) belonging to a group of dark-skinned peoples of small stature that live in Africa

Word History


Spanish, diminutive of negro

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Negrillo was in 1853

Dictionary Entries Near Negrillo

Cite this Entry

“Negrillo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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