do·​ra·​do | \ də-ˈrä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce dorado (audio) \

Definition of dorado

 (Entry 1 of 2)


geographical name
Do·​ra·​do | \ dō-ˈrä-t͟hō How to pronounce Dorado (audio) \

Definition of Dorado (Entry 2 of 2)

city west of San Juan in northern Puerto Rico population 38,165

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The next time someone proposes walking across hot coals as an improving ritual, offer as a counterproposal to steal a dorado. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Stepping Out of Character and Starting a New Story," 25 June 2018 Several thousand immigrants have settled in Northern Kentucky, opening restaurants that serve Guatemalan pollo dorado and attending Spanish-language Mass. Nomaan Merchant,, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 That bycatch draws the attention of a world of predator species — king and Spanish mackerel, shark, ling, dorado, tuna, little tunny and, occasionally, a wild card such as sailfish or wahoo. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Better days ahead for Texas offshore anglers," 23 June 2018 The month sees migratory pelagics such as king mackerel and ling and dorado return to Gulf waters within boaters’ range, drawn by warming temperatures and flourishing forage. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Better days ahead for Texas offshore anglers," 23 June 2018 Others are Big Poppa 6 and Big Poppa 8, saltwater popping lures for surface action to attract dorado, tarpon, redfish and more. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio company hooks a winner with natural sounds in lures," 26 Apr. 2018 So the dolphins circled around my boat and one dolphin emerged minutes later with a dorado in its mouth. D.j Hopson, Popular Mechanics, "Life at Sea: The Best of Katie Spotz's Travelogue," 24 Mar. 2010 This in turn attracts plankton and small fish, which in turn draws larger, predatory fish such as dorado, tuna, and sharks. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 These are followed by pastas tossed with clams and hunks of lobster flesh, and a whole baked dorado. David Prior, CNT, "Inside Abruzzo, Italy’s Unsung Culinary Destination," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dorado


1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dorado


Spanish, from past participle of dorar to gild, from Latin deaurare, from de- + aurum gold — more at aureus

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