ta·​co | \ ˈtä-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce taco (audio) \
plural tacos\ -​(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 Salgado’s culinary vision is most fully expressed at dinner, when the restaurant switches to a taco-centric, four-course tasting-menu format. Los Angeles Times, "101 Best Restaurants: These are the spots holding it down for Orange County," 18 Jan. 2020 Only a bowl of chalky hummus and the hard, dry cubes of soy in a tempeh taco crashed the vegetarian party. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: The Cove restaurant balances great burgers, fish tacos, vegetarian dishes and beer in San Antonio’s Five Points," 16 Jan. 2020 The bars operate as Mexican restaurants during the day, serving tacos and giant margaritas, and switch over to 21-and-up nightclubs after dinner. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "The Chicago location of this Phoenix-area bar is being sued amid sexual assault allegations," 15 Jan. 2020 The shuttering of struggling Taco Cabanas mirrors a trend with other taco chains in North Texas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "26-year-old Taco Cabana on Dallas’ Lower Greenville closed — one of 19 shutterings in Texas," 13 Jan. 2020 Taco Bell is giving us something real serious to taco 'bout (pun very much intended). Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "You Can Now Make $100K Working At Taco Bell. This Is Not A Drill.," 10 Jan. 2020 El Garage began in Richmond, when the Montano family started serving the Tijuana-style tacos from their driveway in early 2019. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "The most anticipated Bay Area restaurants of 2020," 8 Jan. 2020 Each bin holds some commonplace item — mustard, taco seasoning, pistachio nuts, and so on. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "At this Walmart, humans and robots work together to fill your grocery orders," 8 Jan. 2020 All tacos come with onion, cilantro, and avocado salsa, and the salsa bar offers more spicy options, including a very fresh curtido with red onion, cucumber, radish, and jalapeños. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Resolutions We Can Stick To," 6 Jan. 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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21 Jan 2020

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“Taco.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taco. Accessed 21 January 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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