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 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 Available to order from March 10 through 17 on the Chipotle app and website, the all-vegan menu item consists of white rice, pinto beans, roasted chili-corn salsa, tomatillo-red salsa and guacamole, with a side of tortilla chips. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Mar. 2021 Red kidney beans, navy beans, and pinto beans are also calcium-rich options. Amy Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 17 Feb. 2021 The menu includes breakfast tacos, enchiladas, gorditas and puffy tacos, but the fideo loco is something special, a heaping bowl of mild beef picadillo with those short-thread vermicelli noodles, whole pinto beans and soft bites of potato for $5. Mike Sutter,, 17 Dec. 2020 By the end of the show, the clear winner was a strikingly beautiful pinto named South Steens Maggie Magpie. Britta Lokting, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2020 Dry beans, including red kidney, pinto and great northern. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2020 All beans—pinto, white, heirloom, black, kidney—contain a lot of protein. Maggie O'neill,, 30 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Lysne loses two big fish and spirals down into that dark place anglers go when they’ve been bested by creatures with brains the size of pinto beans. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 9 June 2020 Just three days ago, Kim, 38, shared another pic from the family’s Wyoming adventure, showing North and Chicago atop a pinto horse. Ashley Boucher,, 18 Sep. 2019

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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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“Pinto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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