amparo

noun

am·​pa·​ro
ämˈpä(ˌ)rō
plural -s
1
Spanish law : a preliminary certificate issued to a claimant of land as a protection for the claim until a survey can be had and the full title vested
2
Spanish law : a proceeding analogous to habeas corpus

Word History

Etymology

Spanish, literally, protection, from amparar to protect, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin anteparare, from Latin ante before + parare to prepare

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amparo was in 1857

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“Amparo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amparo. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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