ja·la·pe·ño | \ ˌhä-lə-ˈpā-(ˌ)nyō , ˌha- , -ˈpā-(ˌ)nō , -ˈpē-(ˌ)nō \
variants: or less commonly jalapeno
plural jalapeños also jalapenos

Definition of jalapeño 

: a small plump dark green chili pepper of Mexico and the southern U.S.

called also jalapeño pepper

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On the rocks, with three jalapeno/garlic olives — shaken, not stirred. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "How to maintain the republic? Originalist justices like Brett Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 It's pronounced POH-kay Black rice, tuna, jalapeno and mango are just a handful of ingredients used to make poke bowls at Freestyle Poké in the River Market. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Freestyle Poké: 5 things to know about River Market's popular Hawaiian-style cafe," 2 July 2018 The Wood Fired Half Chicken, served with tortillas, roasted jalapeno, a cilantro-onion-radish salad, lime, salsa and crema is a menu standout. Dave Eckert, kansascity, "Menu finds: A distillery serving ceviche and a brewery with short rib hot dogs," 5 June 2018 In a bowl, combine chickpeas, bell pepper, jalapeno, tomato, scallions, cilantro, juice of 2 of the limes, orange juice, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Grill avocados quickly over hot coals for a smoky flavor, then top with chickpea salad," 21 May 2018 Black and white cutouts of cityscapes decorate a water station set along the opposite wall, where chopsticks, silverware and ball jars filled with Thai basil, jalapeno and wedges of lime take up residence. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 In a discussion of horror films, and specifically of why people like to watch them, they were compared to jalapeno peppers. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Ghost Stories' movie review: Something ho-hum this way comes," 11 May 2018 The tuna, fresh jalapeno and onion pie is a thing in Italy and owns my heart here. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Liz Biro picks the top 5 pizzas in Central Indiana," 7 Feb. 2018 House cocktails such as a peach jalapeno margarita, raspberry cucumber gimlet and Sheepherders Smash (vodka, lemon juice, strawberries and basil) are $8 each. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Card room with attached restaurant opens in Rancho Cordova," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of jalapeño

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jalapeño

Mexican Spanish, from jalapeño, adjective, of Jalapa

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English Language Learners Definition of jalapeño

: a small green pepper that is very hot and is used especially in Mexican cooking

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