pin·​to | \ ˈpin-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce pinto (audio) \
plural pintos also pintoes

Definition of pinto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a horse or pony of various breeding that is marked with patches of white and another color — compare paint, piebald, skewbald



Definition of pinto (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for pinto

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of pinto in a Sentence

Adjective somehow, the pure white mare had a pinto foal
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Examples of ingredients include quinoa, rolled oats, brown rice, pinto beans, black beans, and pancake mix. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 28 June 2022 Beans, corn, rice and tortillas are great sources of complex carbohydrates, and pinto and black beans also provide fiber and protein. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2022 This spicy vegetarian chili is loaded with kidney, pinto and black beans. Casey Barber, CNN, 23 Jan. 2022 Alva returned often to visit, finding the family mountain a place of solace — riding the tractor, walking the fields, devouring his stepmother’s pinto beans and cornbread, and shooting targets with his handgun. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2021 At Son’s Addition (which is temporarily closed), rio zape beans — pinto-like chocolate-y beans that were the founding inspiration for Rancho Gordo — were long served with a pork dish. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021 Creamy pinto beans, decent jalapeño presence, and a hint of smokiness. Alex Begg, Bon Appétit, 28 July 2021 In addition to the white and red species, black, pink and green abalones were also commercially fished (two other native species, pinto and flat abalones, were not). Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2021 For those needing to know, Herro’s creation is brown rice, pinto beans, half steak, half chicken, sour cream, cheese and guacamole. Ira Winderman,, 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jardins grew up on pinto beans but likes to make King City pinks at home in her pressure cooker. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2022 Wrapped in bacon and the bun stuffed with pinto beans, onions, tomato, mayo, mustard and jalapeño salsa, the Sonoran dog is a fusion of American pork products with vibrant Mexican flavors. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 Australian Kobe-style wagyu beef is wrapped in applewood smoked bacon with pinto beans, red onions and crema in a fluffy brioche bun. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2021 If salt, Tapatio and a clay pot can be considered basics, then please remember to pack me a 50-pound bag of pinto beans. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 The whole adobo-rubbed chicken feeds about four with a bunch of sides, including creamy guacamole, rice, slaw, frijoles charros (pinto beans stewed with bacon and onions), and two kinds of salsa. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 29 Jan. 2021 Besides traditional barbecue sides like pinto beans and three-cheese mac, the restaurant also sells healthier options like Brussels sprouts and roasted cauliflower. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 6 Nov. 2020 The Burrito Love is made with the customer's choice of steak, chicken or pork with garlic, white or Mexican rice, black or pinto beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, crema and queso. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 29 Sep. 2020 Bundled in a brown velour tracksuit and fleece beanie, 87-year-old Dorothy Moore dropped chunks of hog jowl into cans filled with pinto beans. Shane Mitchell, Saveur, 21 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of pinto


1860, in the meaning defined above


1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinto


American Spanish, from pinto spotted, from obsolete Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *pinctus

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5 Jul 2022

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pin·​to | \ ˈpin-tō How to pronounce pinto (audio) \
plural pintos

Kids Definition of pinto

: a horse or pony that has patches of white and another color


pin·​to | \ ˈpin-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce pinto (audio) \

Medical Definition of pinto

: pinta

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