cri·​o·​llo | \ krē-ˈōl-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce criollo (audio) , -ˈō-(ˌ)yō \
plural criollos

Definition of criollo

1a : a person of pure Spanish descent born in Spanish America
b : a person born and usually raised in a Spanish-American country
2 : a domestic animal of a breed or strain (as of cattle) developed in Latin America especially, often capitalized : any of a breed of hardy muscular ponies originally developed in Argentina

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Other Words from criollo

criollo adjective

Examples of criollo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chicken criollo, a tomatoey pulled chicken, is the standout of the list. Lauren Delgado,, "Taco Maker Mexican Grill opening second Orlando location," 11 Apr. 2018 The piqueo criollo ($25) offers a little of everything good about inland Peruvian cuisine. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Peru Gourmet gives Arlington something it may not even know it needed," 17 May 2017 The potato itself is omnipresent across the criollo section of the menu, but is also in the mix in the seafood section. Matthew Martinez,, "Peru Gourmet gives Arlington something it may not even know it needed," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of criollo

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for criollo

Spanish — more at creole

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The first known use of criollo was in 1604

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Cite this Entry

“Criollo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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