pal·​o·​mi·​no ˌpa-lə-ˈmē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce palomino (audio)
plural palominos
: a horse that is pale cream to gold in color and has a flaxen or white mane and tail

Examples of palomino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the key myths about sherry is that the palomino, its primary grape, is neutral and required fortification, intricate blending in the cellar and exposure to air, as with oloroso sherries, or aging under flor, a yeast that gives personality to fino and manzanilla sherries. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 3 July 2023 Even more people believe palominos are albinos, which is incorrect. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 17 Apr. 2023 This 1988 cabernet-colored 560 SL with a palomino interior. Martin Albert For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2022 Ecoffey spotted the chunky palomino through his living room window and rummaged through the fridge for some carrots. Hanna Krueger,, 31 Oct. 2022 Eliff tapped on a model palomino and pointed at Stetson. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 One owner reported a palomino stallion stalled next to her horse was wearing an electric shock collar on his neck. Ahjané Forbes, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 Eliff, 91, stood beside Stetson, an 11-year-old palomino. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 There’s a barn, a carriage house, and a large paddock, although the herd of horses kept by his dad, an avid rider, is down to just two, a miniature palomino and a thoroughbred named Thunder. Tom Robbins, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022

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Word History


American Spanish, from Spanish, like a dove, from Latin palumbinus, from palumbes ringdove; akin to Greek peleia dove, Latin pallēre to be pale — more at fallow

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palomino was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Palomino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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pal·​o·​mi·​no ˌpal-ə-ˈmē-nō How to pronounce palomino (audio)
plural palominos
: a horse with a light golden coat and cream or white mane and tail
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