grin·​go ˈgriŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce gringo (audio)
plural gringos
often disparaging
: a foreigner in Spain or Latin America especially when of English or American origin
broadly : a non-Hispanic person

Word History


Spanish, alteration of griego Greek, stranger, from Latin Graecus Greek

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gringo was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Gringo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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