la·​di·​no lə-ˈdē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce ladino (audio)
plural ladinos
often capitalized [American Spanish] : a westernized Spanish-speaking Latin American
especially : mestizo
capitalized [Judeo-Spanish, from Old Spanish] : judeo-spanish

Examples of ladino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But time hasn't smiled on the Maya, whose descendants make up nearly half of Guatemala's population (the rest are largely ladino, a Spanish and indigenous mix). Julien Capmeil, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2020

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Word History


Spanish, literally, Latin, from Latin latinus

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ladino was in 1877

Dictionary Entries Near ladino

Cite this Entry

“Ladino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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