abra·​zo | \ əˈbrä(ˌ)sō, äˈb- \
plural -s

Definition of abrazo

: an embrace (as of salutation) employed in Latin America

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First Known Use of abrazo

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abrazo

borrowed from Spanish, a noun derivative of abrazar “to embrace,” from a-, verb prefix (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + brazo “arm,” going back to Latin bracchium

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The first known use of abrazo was circa 1626

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“Abrazo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abrazo. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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