ca·​ra·​bi·​ne·​ro | \ ˌker-ə-bə-ˈner-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce carabinero (audio) , ˌka-rə-, ˌkär-ə- \
plural carabineros

Definition of carabinero

1 : a member of a Spanish national police force serving especially as frontier guards
2 : a customs or coast guard officer in the Philippines

Examples of carabinero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This Scarlet Prawn Is the Best Seafood You Can Eat," 30 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'carabinero.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of carabinero

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carabinero

Spanish, from carabina carbine, from French carabine

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about carabinero

Time Traveler for carabinero

Time Traveler

The first known use of carabinero was in 1845

See more words from the same year

Statistics for carabinero

Cite this Entry

“Carabinero.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on carabinero

Spanish Central: Translation of carabinero

Comments on carabinero

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


dull or mediocre

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
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!