desperado

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noun des·per·a·do \ˌdes-pə-ˈrä-(ˌ)dō, -ˈrā-\

Definition of desperado

plural

desperadoes

or

desperados

  1. :  a bold or violent criminal; especially :  a bandit of the western U.S. in the 19th century

Examples of desperado in a Sentence

  1. the notorious desperados of the Wild West

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Origin and Etymology of desperado

probably alteration of obsolete desperate desperado, from desperate, adjective


DESPERADO Defined for English Language Learners

desperado

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Definition of desperado for English Language Learners

  • : a violent criminal who is not afraid of getting hurt or caught

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