Tai·​no ˈtī-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce Taino (audio)
plural Taino or Tainos
: the language of the Taino people
: a member of an aboriginal Arawakan people of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas

Examples of Taino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Freeport, Grand Bahama is home to several resorts including The Grand Lucayan, and The Marlin at Taino Beach Resort. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 2 Nov. 2023 My tía, my aunt who was a teacher on the island, taught us the vowels in Spanish and memorizing the Lord’s Prayer in Taino, an indigenous language. Katty Huertas, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023 The melding of African, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern and indigenous ingredients and cuisines — including those of the Aztec, Taino, Matan, Mojo and many other groups — is a through line in the book. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2023 There are three restaurants, close access to bars, shopping in Port Lucaya Marketplace, and the uncrowded Taino Beach is just a five-minute ferry ride away. Matthew Monagan, Travel + Leisure, 2 Sep. 2023 Puerto Rico has been home to many cultures and faiths over its long history — with a rich quilt of religious practice and spirituality coming from Taino, Spanish and African cultures (and more) that shape Puerto Ricans today. Cindy Lozito, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 The park also preserves plantation sites and the ancient petroglyphs of the Indigenous Taino so guests can learn about the island's history of colonialism and enslavement. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 The Taino were among the first indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Taino nitaino, tayno noble, lesser chief

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Taino was in 1836

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“Taino.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Taino. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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