ca·​bal·​le·​ro | \ ˌka-bə-ˈler-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce caballero (audio) , -bə(l)-ˈyer- How to pronounce caballero (audio) \
plural caballeros

Definition of caballero

2 chiefly Southwest : horseman

Examples of caballero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jalapeños can replace ajíes caballeros and other hard to find Caribbean chillies. Craig Cavallo, Saveur, "5 Easy, No-Cook Caribbean Condiments to Put on Everything," 24 Feb. 2016 The Mariinsky men look especially strong on this tour, particularly the elegant Timur Askerov as the caballero’s son who falls in love with Paquita and decides to join her gypsy band. Washington Post, "Mariinsky Ballet’s ‘Paquita’: Glittering dancing but a skimpy story," 9 Oct. 2019 The elderly people in their North Lawrence neighborhood called him caballero. Gentleman. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 Ever the trickster, Dylan in the Rolling Thunder Revue was many things: folk singer, songwriter, rock star, bandleader, protester, actor, ringmaster, caballero, hero, joker. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of caballero

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caballero

Spanish, from Late Latin caballarius hostler — more at cavalier entry 2

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“Caballero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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