plural hidalgos
often capitalized
: a member of the lower nobility of Spain

Examples of hidalgo in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hidalgo was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Hidalgo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hidalgo. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


hi·​dal·​go hid-ˈal-gō How to pronounce hidalgo (audio) ē-ˈt͟häl- How to pronounce hidalgo (audio)
plural hidalgos
: a member of the lower nobility of Spain

Spanish contraction of earlier hijo de algo, fijo de algo "a person born into wealth," literally, "son of something"

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Hi·​dal·​go hi-ˈdal-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce Hidalgo (audio)
state of central Mexico; capital Pachuca area 8103 square miles (20,987 square kilometers), population 2,665,018

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