mus·tang | \ˈməs-ˌtaŋ \

Definition of mustang 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
Mu·stang | \mu̇-ˈstäŋ \
variants: or locally Lo \ˈlō \

Definition of Mustang (Entry 2 of 2)

historical Himalayan kingdom in remote northern Nepal bordered by Tibet on the west, north, and east

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In addition to the highest elevation road in California, the Whites are home to the oldest living things on the planet, a rare and unique species of trout, as well as wild mustangs that connect back to pioneer ranching more than a century ago. Ernie Cowan,, "Wonders await in the White Mountains," 16 June 2018 The senior class gift will be a bronze mustang statue erected directly outside the school’s turf athletic field, Jordan Landsman, the class’ vice president, announced. David Anderson, The Aegis, "C. Milton Wright Class of 2018 honors late classmate Tyler Pope," 25 May 2018 How mustangs are helping vets heal » Veteran's comfort dog helps calm PTSD symptoms » Steel and glass were, at one point, shiny, new toys (pun intended) in the world of architecture. Alison Bowen,, "Veteran’s organs benefited dozens. Now his mom walks for a more meaningful Memorial Day.," 23 May 2018 This state park, 40 minutes from Moab, was once a natural mustang corral and today overlooks a dramatic bend of the Colorado River and the Island in the Sky portion of Canyonlands National Park. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "Visit Westworld for Real," 19 June 2018 Here the mustangs are free to run in a wilderness that has not changed since their ancestors arrived. Ernie Cowan,, "Wonders await in the White Mountains," 16 June 2018 Tony then pulled up in his mustang and drove away with Tyler, but what next? Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, ""13 Reasons Why" Star Chelsea Alden Shares Her Favorite Season 3 Fan Theory So Far," 31 May 2018 Friends of Animals’ director of wildlife law, Mike Harris, said the Montana mustangs are more unique. Washington Post, "Federal protections sought for mustangs in Montana mountains," 4 Apr. 2018 The bloodline of the Ocracoke herd probably began when Spanish mustangs on Sir Richard Grenville’s ship Tiger, which ran aground at Ocracoke in 1585, says the park service. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Small herd of wild horses on NC barrier island welcomes an addition to the family | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of mustang


1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of mustang

: a small and strong wild horse of western North America


mus·tang | \ˈmə-ˌstang \

Kids Definition of mustang

: a small hardy wild horse of the western United States that is descended from horses brought in by the Spaniards

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