ca·​ra·​bi·​ne·​ro ˌker-ə-bə-ˈner-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce carabinero (audio)
plural carabineros
: a member of a Spanish national police force serving especially as frontier guards
: a customs or coast guard officer in the Philippines

Examples of carabinero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chile’s carabineros used tear gas to expel people from the subway stations. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 15 May 2023 Enter the scarlet prawn, which is known as crevette impériale in France and carabineros in Spain and lives in the deepest parts of the eastern Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, 30 Jan. 2019

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Word History


Spanish, from carabina carbine, from French carabine

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carabinero was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Carabinero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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