la·​di·​no | \ lə-ˈdē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce ladino (audio) \
plural ladinos

Definition of ladino

1 often capitalized [American Spanish] : a westernized Spanish-speaking Latin American especially : mestizo
2 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, "In Guatemala, Eco-Retreats and Arts Collectives Blend Seamlessly with Tradition," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of ladino

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ladino

Spanish, literally, Latin, from Latin latinus

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“Ladino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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