Definition of desperado
: a bold or violent criminal; especially : a bandit of the western U.S. in the 19th century
Examples of desperado in a Sentence
the notorious desperados of the Wild West
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At first glance, Ross McDonnell’s ambrotypes resemble 19th century portraits of desperados.
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Origin and Etymology of desperado
probably alteration of obsolete desperate desperado, from desperate, adjective
First Known Use: 1647See Words from the same year
DESPERADO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of desperado for English Language Learners
: a violent criminal who is not afraid of getting hurt or caught
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