pelado

noun pe·la·do \ pāˈlä(ˌ)dō \

Definition of pelado

plural -s
Southwest, usually disparaging
:a Mexican peon

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Origin and Etymology of pelado

American Spanish, from pelado, adjective, penniless, from Spanish, bare, bald, from past participle of pelar to cut (the hair), pluck, skin, from Latin pilare to make bald, from pilus hair


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