ca·​ba·​lli·​to | \ ˌkabəˈyē(ˌ)tō \
plural -s

Definition of caballito

: a small fishing boat made of reeds and used off the coast of Peru

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of caballito

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caballito

American Spanish short for caballito del mar, literally, little sea horse, from caballito (diminutive of caballo horse) + del mar of the sea

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about caballito

Time Traveler for caballito

Time Traveler

The first known use of caballito was in 1840

See more words from the same year

Statistics for caballito

Cite this Entry

“Caballito.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on caballito

Spanish Central: Translation of caballito

Comments on caballito

What made you want to look up caballito? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not to be intimidated or subdued

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!