hom·​bre | \ ˈäm-brā How to pronounce hombre (audio) , ˈəm-, ˈōm- How to pronounce hombre (audio) , -ˌbrē \
plural hombres

Definition of hombre

: 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

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Examples of hombre in a Sentence

two tough-looking hombres sauntered into the bar and ordered … lemonade
Recent Examples on the Web Young hombres on bikes circled, ready to grab anything, even from moving vehicles. David Hammond, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrating Day of the Dead — and an eternal fascination with skeletons — in Mexico City," 17 Oct. 2019 Un ranchero de Texas está enamorado de una mujer que se casará con otro hombre. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 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, "The Assassin Next Door," 22 July 2019 La esposa y el ahijado de un hombre planean asesinarlo después de que descubren que se han enamorado. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Después del juicio, él descubre que sus acciones liberaron a un hombre culpable. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 And there are several more huge homer hombres who haven’t yet surfaced in the Derby rumor mill: Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Moustakas, Jorge Soler, Freddie Freeman… the list goes on. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Home Run Derby Field Looks Loaded," 2 July 2019 The Warriors’ most sensitive and emotionally fragile player might be the coldest-blooded crunch-time hombre in the league. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Why Kevin Durant’s injury is a growth opportunity — for all of us," 11 June 2019 That Texas trio took its inspiration from being Lone Star State beer-drinking boogie-rock hombres. John Adamian, courant.com, "John Fogerty And ZZ Top At Mohegan Sun," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of hombre

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hombre

Spanish, man, from Latin homin-, homo

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“Hombre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hombre. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hombre

US, informal : a man

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