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

blotched, blotchy, dappled (also dapple), marbled, mottled, piebald, pied, splotched, spotted

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Examples of pinto in a Sentence


somehow, the pure white mare had a pinto foal

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts and peanut butter. Molly Kimball,, "The do’s and don’ts of the nutrient-rich Whole 30 diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 18 June 2019 Help a local cook prepare traditional specialties like gallo pinto, tamales, and tortillas; play a game of pick-up fútbol; or practice Spanish with your new Costa Rican friends. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Protein: Go plant-based with beans (white, black, pinto, etc.), lentils (French green or black beluga), chickpeas, edamame, baked tofu, or tempeh. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 Boise firefighters use mother duck recording to rescue ducklings Eagle firefighters and Ada County sheriff’s deputies pulled a brown and white pinto from a frozen swimming pool in Eagle on Saturday. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Eagle firefighters rescue beaver in bind, latest of several unusual rescues in Valley | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 His body is mostly torso, his skin both ruddy and tanned, like a pinto. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 Veggie lovers will be wowed by the Mediterranean, which tops mixed greens with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, onions, and not one, not two, but three kinds of beans: cannellini, pinto and garbanzo. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Barilla now has five fast-casual restaurants," 21 Mar. 2018 So these are boring old grocery store dried pintos, cooked in the slow cooker and jazzed up with my favorite toppings. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Slow-Cooker Monday: Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans Giveaway," 7 May 2012 Cook a pound of dry black beans, pintos or chickpeas in the slow cooker (or electric pressure cooker) and freeze in 2-cup portions. Judy Walker,, "Grocery shop on Wednesdays, and more money-saving food secrets," 6 Feb. 2018

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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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The first known use of pinto was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of pinto

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


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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