ser·​ra·​no | \ sə-ˈrä-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce serrano (audio) , si- \
plural serranos

Definition of serrano

: a small very hot chili pepper that is red when mature

Examples of serrano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shaggy, undisciplined Feisty Roll was hijacked by sharp serrano and sour onion that overwhelmed the demure hiramasa (yellowtail kingfish) at its core. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Dec. 2021 Uncooked chopped onion, sometimes minced garlic, diced fresh serrano — which some say looks like a rooster’s beak — or jalapeño chiles, cilantro, lime juice or vinegar, salt and maybe a bit of oil are added to diced fresh tomatoes. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Add corn, serrano, onion and cilantro; stir just to combine. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2021 Iffresh Thai chiles are unavailable, substitute one serrano or one-half jalapeño (remove the seeds to make the dish milder). Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Muddle serrano pepper and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Forty minutes after opening and more than 100 customers later, the pork serrano sausage has sold out. San Antonio Express-News, 30 Aug. 2019 The Sol y Luna Margarita ($9) is spiked with serrano pepper. Eric Velasco, al, 4 May 2020 Add the ginger, serrano and curry leaves to the pot and stir for 1 minute until fragrant. Leena Trivedi-grenier,, 17 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of serrano

circa 1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serrano

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish serrano, adjective, montane, highland, from sierra mountain range — more at sierra

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“Serrano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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