pistolero

noun

pis·​to·​le·​ro ˌpi-stə-ˈler-ō How to pronounce pistolero (audio)
plural pistoleros
: gunman

Examples of pistolero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their ranks include peasants cultivating opium poppies, pistoleros guarding methamphetamine and fentanyl labs, and capos running global contraband networks. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 They were used by the Indians and then by the pistoleros during the revolution. San Antonio Express-News, 18 Oct. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish, from pistola pistol

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pistolero was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Pistolero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistolero. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

pistolero

noun
pis·​to·​le·​ro ˌpis-tə-ˈler-ō How to pronounce pistolero (audio)
plural pistoleros
: gunman
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