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
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Tommy Maddox, who graduated from L.D. Bell in 1990 and went to UCLA, spent two seasons with the Mustangs.
Rookie: Billings 4, Great Falls 2: The Mustangs recorded eight hits by eight different players, including a homer by LF Andy Sugillio, his third of the season.
The Redhawks' 28-25 victory over the Mustangs last year gave them a glimpse of what their future quarterback would bring.
Hope Ryden, 87, whose lifelike photographs of North American beavers, coyotes, mustangs and other wildlife helped elevate them into poster animals for conservation campaigns, died June 18 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Hope Ryden, whose lifelike photographs of North American beavers, coyotes, mustangs and other wildlife helped elevate them into poster animals for conservation campaigns, died on June 18 in Hyannis, Mass.
The Trojans went on to defeat the Mustangs two more times.
MaKenna Schoolman, Metea Valley, senior, defender: The Mustangs played at their best in May, finishing with 11 shutouts and a 16-4-4 record.
In what was St. Rita coach Mike Zunica's last game, the Mustangs didn't go down without a fight.
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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
MUSTANG Defined for English Language Learners
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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