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 Forty minutes after opening and more than 100 customers later, the pork serrano sausage has sold out. San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Naming the best of the best San Antonio barbecue," 30 Aug. 2019 The Sol y Luna Margarita ($9) is spiked with serrano pepper. Eric Velasco, al, "Sol y Luna restaurant reopens, revives favorite dishes," 4 May 2020 Add the ginger, serrano and curry leaves to the pot and stir for 1 minute until fragrant. Leena Trivedi-grenier,, "How I cooked my way out of Indian Impostor Syndrome," 17 Apr. 2020 Queso blanco, which is white instead of yellow, is made with Monterey Jack and white cheddar cheeses, as well as serrano, poblano and chipotle peppers. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Chipotle is upgrading its queso -- again," 26 Feb. 2020 Add serrano peppers, salt, pepper and the two kinds of basil. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gift for cooking experiments brings County Fair ribbons galore," 3 Sep. 2019 Microbes Microbes Dendritic cells Neuron Enteroendocrine cells Immune system Enterochromaffin cells Bloodstream Monica serrano, NGM STAFF; MESA schumacher. Martin Oeggerli, National Geographic, "How trillions of microbes affect every stage of our life—from birth to old age," 17 Dec. 2019 Garnish as desired with the tortillas, cabbage, crumbled cheese and serrano chile. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Creamy Poblano Pork Tortilla Soup," 15 Jan. 2020 The hirame tiradito tops raw fluke with cooked crab meat and a soy-sweetened leche de tigre; the tuna offers bright-red fish against a vivid-green cilantro-serrano sauce, topped with white jicama cubes. Phil Vettel,, "Reviews: Stephanie Izard’s Cabra and Chris Pandel’s Cira make Hoxton a dining destination," 28 June 2019

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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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9 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Serrano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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