hom·​bre ˈäm-brā How to pronounce hombre (audio)
ˈōm- How to pronounce hombre (audio)
plural hombres
: guy entry 1 sense 1a, fellow sense 4c
Back in the days of the Wild West, when every gunslinger tried to make his reputation by outdrawing the baddest hombre in town …Bob Greene
Here we have four hombres who have been rocking and rolling for a long time …Greg Sandow
His injuries have left him with a reputation as one tough hombre, a genuine stoic, a man who would battle Godzilla—and win—to stay at the job he loves.Rick Telander

Examples of hombre in a Sentence

two tough-looking hombres sauntered into the bar and ordered … lemonade
Recent Examples on the Web That may go unnoticed by most American viewers, but the presence of drugs, human trafficking, and plenty of stereotypical Latino bad hombres will be recognizable to them, based on other projects set in this region. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 12 Apr. 2024 And from there on is the creation story of the Mayan civilization, hombres de maíz. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Jan. 2024 Two weathered hombre statuette by the entrance remain vigilant though. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 26 Apr. 2023 Waller describes him as one bad hombre, and, in flashback, he’s seen shooting a Central Casting hood under heavy guard. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 White society deemed him a bad hombre; Vasquez saw himself as a revolutionary fighting an unjust system. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022 Young hombres on bikes circled, ready to grab anything, even from moving vehicles. David Hammond, chicagotribune.com, 17 Oct. 2019 Un ranchero de Texas está enamorado de una mujer que se casará con otro hombre. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2019 King became a martyr in my home, a pobre hombre who died for the idea of social equality. Héctor Tobar, The New Yorker, 22 July 2019

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Word History


Spanish, man, from Latin homin-, homo

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hombre was in 1630

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Cite this Entry

“Hombre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hombre. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


hom·​bre ˈäm-brē How to pronounce hombre (audio) ˈəm- How to pronounce hombre (audio)

from Spanish hombre "man," from Latin homin-, homo "man"

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