plural noun
co·​jo·​nes | \ kə-ˈhō-ˌnās How to pronounce cojones (audio) \

Definition of cojones

1 slang : nerve sense 3
2 slang : testes

Examples of cojones in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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., "Arsenal Premier League Month in Review: September - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 2 Oct. 2019

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

First Known Use of cojones

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cojones

Spanish, literally, testicles

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cojones

Time Traveler for cojones

Time Traveler

The first known use of cojones was in 1932

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cojones

Cite this Entry

“Cojones.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cojones


How to pronounce cojones (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cojones

US slang
: boldness or courage needed to do something
: a man's testicles

More from Merriam-Webster on cojones

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for cojones

Spanish Central: Translation of cojones

Comments on cojones

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


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

March 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • field of crocuses
  • Which is a synonym of rectitudinous?
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!