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

Examples of dorado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Gulf, meanwhile, can bring everything from Kingfish, snapper, dorado and even shark within 30 miles of shore. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "A quiet sport: Galveston offers great fishing activities," 20 Sep. 2019 Tlahco brought it back to the border for righteous cheese Enchiladas Don Julio and a quartet of tacos dorados, fried crispy with steamy centers of mashed potatoes and a dress of meaty chicharrón prensado and ranchero sauce. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Tlahco Mexican Kitchen is one of San Antonio’s best Mexican restaurants," 5 Dec. 2019 Cooks pour so much broth over the three tacos dorados — stuffed with your choice of picadillo, tinga or potato — that their tips peek out like shark fins, with cabbage and Cotija cheese floating around them. Julia Wickstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: California sues Trump over ‘public charge’ rule," 17 Aug. 2019 You’ll be greeted with a complimentary cup of hot consommé before tearing into juicy, packed quesadillas, burritos and tacos dorados. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "17 places you probably have to try to understand birria in L.A.," 31 July 2019 The orange truck serves meats including birria de res, birria de chivo, beef cheek, beef lip and chicken on handmade tortillas in tacos suaves, tacos dorados, quesatacos, mulitas and vampiros. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "A former Mozza chef is making tacos at Bee Taqueria in West Adams," 6 Aug. 2019 At this resort, famed for its quiet allure and world-class sportfishing, expect to bag marlin, sailfish, or dorado—with the help of experienced guides—and then dine on your catch that evening. Jenny Peters, National Geographic, "Baja California Sur: The ultimate road trip," 25 July 2019 Cámara brings that sensibility to her cookbook with simple, flavorful recipes for crispy tacos dorados, sopes with seafood adobo and her famed tuna tostadas., "Our favorite cookbooks of 2019, so far," 21 June 2019 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

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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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“Dorado.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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