ta·​co ˈtä-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce taco (audio)
plural tacos ˈtä-(ˌ)kōz How to pronounce taco (audio)
: a crispy or soft corn or wheat 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 Set out all the components for these seasonal tacos and let guests build their own pre-dinner treat. Angela Brassinga, Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 This week, ditch the ground beef and taco seasoning packets in favor of a Taco Tuesday dish that's more exciting, but just as easy to execute: Chipotle Chicken Tacos. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 Taco Everyday is a fun food option in The Lego Movie World that includes kid’s tacos served on colorful tortillas. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 The lyrics detail meeting a man who made a harrowing journey, walking across the Rio Grande into Texas, and working long hours at a taco truck to help provide for family members still living in Mexico. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 30 Oct. 2023 Kat Thompson shares six only-in-L.A. tacos that incorporate flavors and ingredients from Vietnamese, Chinese, modern Indian, South American and Mediterranean cuisines. Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2023 McDonald’s has paired with Krispy Kreme to expand its lineup, and Dunkin’ is experimenting with breakfast tacos. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2023 After a taco or two, walk north along the waterfront promenade, taking in views of the Manhattan skyline. Caroline Shin, Bon Appétit, 13 Oct. 2023 Get The Recipe 85 of 92 Easy Taco Soup When the weather turns coolers, swap taco night for this soup that delivers the same flavors. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taco was in 1901

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“Taco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taco. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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ta·​co ˈtäk-ō How to pronounce taco (audio)
plural tacos -ōz How to pronounce taco (audio)
: a usually fried tortilla that is folded or rolled and stuffed with a mixture (as of seasoned meat, cheese, and lettuce)

from the Spanish spoken in Mexico taco "taco"

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