caballero

noun
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 Southwestern US : 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, 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, 9 Oct. 2019 The elderly people in their North Lawrence neighborhood called him caballero. Gentleman. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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

borrowed from Spanish, "horseback rider, knight," going back to Late Latin caballārius "horseback rider, groom" — more at cavalier entry 2

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“Caballero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caballero. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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