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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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,, 11 Apr. 2018 The piqueo criollo ($25) offers a little of everything good about inland Peruvian cuisine. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, 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,, 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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“Criollo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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