pinto

noun
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

pinto

adjective

Definition of pinto (Entry 2 of 2)

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

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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 Dry beans, including red kidney, pinto and great northern. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 foods to help reduce the coronavirus lockdown weight," 2 June 2020 All beans—pinto, white, heirloom, black, kidney—contain a lot of protein. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "There Might Be a Meat Shortage In the US—Here Are 8 Protein-Filled Foods to Try If You Can’t Buy Meat," 30 Apr. 2020 Facebook tutorials from Visit Costa Rica turn dishes like gallo pinto and picadillo de papa into family projects. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Travel-Inspired Day Full of Things to Do With Kids at Home," 9 Apr. 2020 Still, stowing a quart of velvety Royal Coronas or chickpeas or pintos in the fridge on a Sunday night feels like a kind of emotional security blanket for the week ahead, ready for an emergency lunch plan or 2 a.m. snack. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, "A Giant Pancake, Vietnamese Soup, and More From Christina Chaey's Kitchen," 1 Mar. 2020 One of the bigger boys tries to mount but gets stuck with one leg over a pinto’s rear. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 The beans will cook to tender perfection and then be mixed with rice and sautéed bell peppers, onions, and garlic to produce a uniquely Costa Rican version of gallo pinto. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 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," 10 Sep. 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," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Ozark Mountain Fishing Adventure," 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, PEOPLE.com, "Wyoming Nights! Kim Kardashian West Shares Gorgeous Sunset Photo from Recent Family Trip," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pinto

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinto

Noun

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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22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pinto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinto. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for pinto

pinto

noun
How to pronounce pinto (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pinto

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

pinto

noun
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

pinto

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

Medical Definition of pinto

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