ser·​ra·​no sə-ˈrä-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce serrano (audio)
plural serranos
: a small very hot chili pepper that is red when mature

Examples of serrano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most often, my dish consists of diced cucumber, tomato, onion, avocado and a serrano chile or two, all in plenty of fresh lime juice. Sarah Mosqueda, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2024 Several types of hot peppers exist, including jalapeno, poblano, and serrano peppers, that have different amounts of capsaicin. Anthea Levi, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 Curls of fluke are arranged as if for a bouquet, with melon, cucumber and whatever’s delicious and in season; the clear broth of the ceviche stings, pleasantly so, with serrano. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 Jalapenos are larger than serrano peppers so adjust to your taste. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2024 In addition to the pecans, the rice includes scallions, serrano peppers, ginger and carrots. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2023 For more spice, toss chopped fresh jalapeno or serrano peppers into the marinade. Emily Nienhaus, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Aug. 2023 Its layers of flavors unfold gradually, with tropical flavors like plantain and coconut melding with bright Mandarin orange, along with the zing of serrano peppers and mellow grassy notes reminiscent of a Martinique rhum agricole. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2023 Classic deviled eggs get a festive spin from cilantro, serrano peppers, diced green onions, and cheese. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serrano was circa 1972

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“Serrano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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