ta·​co | \ˈtä-(ˌ)kō \
plural tacos\ -​(ˌ)kōz \

Definition of taco 

: a usually fried tortilla that is folded or rolled and stuffed with a mixture (as of seasoned meat, cheese, and lettuce)

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When it's finished, the ice cream is chopped, rolled and arranged into bowls or waffle taco shells. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Simply Rolled Ice Cream parlor is about ready to roll in Over-the-Rhine," 10 July 2018 Finally, garnish your meatless tacos with diced avocado and a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Come out for live music from a surprise band, a taco bar, craft beers, wines and cocktails and door prizes. Anchorage Daily News, "This week in Anchorage: Incubus, Girdwood Forest Fair and beer in the Alaska Botanical Garden," 6 July 2018 Both have enjoyed a small influx of interesting local businesses — taco shops, tiki bars, even a micro-distillery that creates Florida whiskey (in a barn). A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tavares/Umatilla Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Headloca What police described as a domestic situation ended with a Mableton man putting a woman in a headlock outside a taco joint June 2. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Crimes of Cobb: Man slips and accidentally shoots gun near apartments," 13 June 2018 Enjoy a taco bar with many fixings and margarita mocktails. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 21 May 2018 So Colón and his business partner Daniel Eisenhauer took over a beat-up taco bar on Brooklyn Avenue and created Bexar Pub. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Folc Burger’s stayin’ alive at Bexar Pub," 17 May 2018 Also, free self-serve taco bar provided by Smoke & Thyme. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Unplug and get outside Saturday, May 5, at Kleiner park in Meridian," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of taco

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taco

Mexican Spanish

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English Language Learners Definition of taco

: a Mexican food that consists of a folded and usually fried piece of thin bread (called a tortilla) that is filled with meat, cheese, lettuce, etc.


ta·​co | \ˈtä-kō \
plural tacos

Kids Definition of taco

: a corn tortilla usually folded and fried and filled with a spicy mixture (as of ground meat and cheese)

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