plural noun

co·​jo·​nes kə-ˈhō-ˌnās How to pronounce cojones (audio)
slang : nerve sense 3
slang : testes

Examples of cojones in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nobody killed them, because the Queen of Thailand herself had released them, as part of the Queen’s Initiative, and few people had the cojones to harm the queen’s elephants. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, 12 Nov. 2019 Would Ainge have the cojones to duplicate the other part of his action with the Celtics, namely trade both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell? Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2022 And some of his performances on Ukrainian reality TV that have resurfaced after the invasion are kind of silly (including one that involves, well, his cojones). Peter Weber, The Week, 27 Feb. 2022 The accents are all over the place, and though Janiak claims The New World as her main influence here (the cojones!), The Witch could make a convincing case in court on swag-jacking charges, but that’s almost beside the point. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Arsenal came into this one off the back off their worst performance of the month (see below) and could've easily put in another cojones-less display in a hostile atmosphere against Frankfurt., 2 Oct. 2019

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'cojones.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Spanish, literally, testicles

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cojones was in 1932

Dictionary Entries Near cojones

Cite this Entry

“Cojones.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on cojones

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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