hidalgo

noun, often capitalized
hi·​dal·​go | \hi-ˈdal-(ˌ)gō, ē-ˈt͟häl- \
plural hidalgos

Definition of hidalgo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a member of the lower nobility of Spain

Hidalgo

geographical name
Hi·​dal·​go | \hi-ˈdal-(ˌ)gō, ē-ˈt͟häl-(ˌ)gō\

Definition of Hidalgo (Entry 2 of 2)

state of central Mexico; capital Pachuca area 8103 square miles (20,987 square kilometers), population 2,665,018

First Known Use of hidalgo

Noun

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hidalgo

Noun

Spanish, from Old Spanish fijo dalgo, literally, son of something

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