ta·​co | \ ˈtä-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce taco (audio) \
plural tacos\ ˈtä-​(ˌ)kōz How to pronounce tacos (audio) \

Definition of taco

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

Examples of taco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In his parking lot was a taco truck run by Latino immigrants that serves Mexican specialties. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant store owner in Detroit and Muslim prayer leader dies of coronavirus," 10 May 2020 On East 16th Street, a taco truck sat parked near the road closure sign. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Slow start to Oakland’s street-closure bid to help people exercise during coronavirus crisis," 11 Apr. 2020 The taco truck is scheduled to visit Northridge Hospital on Wednesday and two schools in Carson — Curtiss and Stephen M. White middle schools — on Thursday and Friday. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: Everything remains uncertain in the wake of the novel coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 His youngest son, Ruben, 68, printed up 150 invitations, and has also arranged for a taco truck to stop by. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "After 70 years, San Antonio barber says it’s time to hang up his shears," 16 Mar. 2020 After the Getty Fire forced LeBron James to evacuate his home this week, the Lakers star sent a taco truck to feed first responders in Los Angeles, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti. CBS News, "Firefighters gain ground in Northern California as winds subside," 31 Oct. 2019 Serrano’s bail was lowered only after the defense established Viera was a Los Angeles-area gang member who had drunkenly approached Serrano in line at a taco truck in Richmond and challenged him to a fight. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "She was charged with murdering her husband, a popular East Bay principal. Now she’s free, after bail lowered by 93 percent," 19 Sep. 2019 So go on, claim your free taco in this strange, isolated time. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Taco Bell will hand you a free taco on Tuesday -- following proper social distancing protocol," 30 Mar. 2020 And as far as chopped cilantro and onions, leave that for your taco. Sunset Magazine, "How to Order a Burrito," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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26 May 2020

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“Taco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taco. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce taco (audio) \
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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