Definition of mustang
1 : a small hardy naturalized horse of U.S. western plains directly descended from horses brought in by the Spaniards; also : bronc
2 slang : a commissioned officer (as in the U.S. Navy) who has risen from the ranks
Recent Examples of mustang from the Web
The Mustangs led by two runs against Libertyville in the seventh inning of Thursday's Class 4A Glenbrook South Sectional semifinal game.
The Mustangs have all of the pieces to be a solid offensive team.
Come early to enjoy the collection of classic cars including Mustangs and Corvettes.
That afternoon in the Class 3A state softball final against Yelm (28-1), Milloy led the Mustangs (25-4) to the state title for the first time in 25 years.
The Mustangs were 10th, just missing a finals berth.
Jessica Rogers won the 1600 in a season's best of 5:19.92 after leading the Mustangs to a 10:01.03 win in the 4x800 with Sofia Nutarelli, Lindsey Stevenson and Jordyn Powers.
Seaboard will face Edelman & Thompson (Fenway field) and the Milgram Mustangs battle the MSBL Royals (Royal field).
The Mustangs (16-3-4) thus avenged one of their regular-season losses.
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Origin and Etymology of mustang
Mexican Spanish mestengo, from Spanish, stray, from mesteño strayed, from mesta annual roundup of cattle that disposed of strays, from Medieval Latin (animalia) mixta mixed animals
First Known Use: 1808See Words from the same year
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Definition of mustang for English Language Learners
: a small and strong wild horse of western North America
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Definition of mustang for Students
: a small hardy wild horse of the western United States that is descended from horses brought in by the Spaniards
History for mustang
Centuries ago in Spain, stray cattle were rounded up each year and sold. The Spanish word for this roundup of strays, mesta, came from a Latin phrase that meant “mixed animals” (animalia mixta). From mesta, the Spanish made another word, mestengo, that meant “a stray animal.” In Mexico, this word was used for a kind of wild horse. That is where English mustang came from.
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