ta·​co | \ ˈtä-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce taco (audio) \
plural tacos\ ˈtä-​(ˌ)kōz How to pronounce taco (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 The De La Torres, the father-son team behind the popular Los Angeles taco chain Guisados, were recently profiled by Thrillist. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: The cruelty of Biden’s immigration policy," 29 Apr. 2021 Sanitary produces a thin corn tortilla perfect for doubling up as a taco and a thicker version ideal for accompanying your favorite plate of Mexican food. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's best tortillas: The 5 best tortillerías downtown and on the South Side," 21 Apr. 2021 Chuy's Add a crispy beef taco to any entree for $1 on Sunday. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Here's where you can score free and cheap tacos for Taco Day," 4 Oct. 2020 Add a crispy beef taco to any dine-in entrée purchase for just $1. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "National Taco Day deals," 2 Oct. 2020 Spoon the pork and vegetables on one half of the pita, like a taco, and place 2 rounded tablespoons of Radish Tzatziki on the other half. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Ina Garten’s Pork Souvlaki with Radish Tzatziki," 2 Sep. 2020 If your idea of foodie bliss involves taquitos and burritos, sunny San Diego is the perfect option for tackling as many taco joints as possible. USA Today, "Amp up your next road trip by choosing a theme, whether it be whale watching or taco tasting," 5 Apr. 2021 The taco joint offers the Taco Family Meal that serves four to six people for $35 and six to eight people for $50. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "50-plus D-FW restaurants offering Easter and Passover meal specials," 24 Mar. 2021 San Antonio diners clearly enjoy a good lengua taco; those tacos made with beef tongue are on menus all over the city. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "How to cook beef tongue (lengua) 3 different ways at home: in a slow cooker for street tacos, braised like a pot roast and smoked like brisket," 8 Feb. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Taco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taco. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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