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 Head over the border to Pawtucket for La Arepa for Venezuelan cachapas, arepas, and pabellon criollo. Globe Staff,, 13 June 2022 This includes areas of Venezuela, where criollo beans thrive. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 In Venezuela, a restaurant owner is reintroducing the traditional criollo cocoa bean, a lucrative export crop. Richard Schiffman, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Feb. 2022 Many Venezuelans, including chef, entrepreneur and chocolatier María Fernanda Di Giacobbe, believe criollo can be the answer to the country’s economic crisis. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 Her Cuban-American family bastes the turkey in a mojo criollo marinade. Dee-ann Durbin, Chron, 22 Nov. 2021 Her Cuban-American family bastes the turkey in a mojo criollo marinade. Dee-ann Durbin,, 22 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Criollo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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