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 United States in the 19th century

Examples of desperado in a sentence

  1. the notorious desperados of the Wild West

Origin and Etymology of desperado

probably alteration of obsolete desperate desperado, from desperate, adjective


First Known Use: 1647


DESPERADO Defined for English Language Learners

desperado

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

Definition of desperado for English Language Learners

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


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