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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People in Oregon want to make their own Teriyaki sauce and people in Nebraska are trying to make their own taco seasoning. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "The most searched for recipes in Ohio and Kentucky are not what you think," 3 July 2018 The taco seasoning affected is 24 ounce Club Size McCormick Original Taco Seasoning Mix, with best buy date codes between June 27, 2018 and September 2018. Cory Stieg, Good Housekeeping, "McCormick Recalls Taco Seasoning Due to an Unlabeled Allergen," 6 Oct. 2016 This pretty board book is as chic as Los Angeles itself, complete with palm trees and taco trucks and a healthy does of style. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 The tech sector is hot, but mostly because tech workers want to live in Austin and enjoy its great music festivals, taco trucks and bars. John Daniel Davidson, WSJ, "Austin Votes to Keep the Books Closed," 30 Nov. 2018 Instead, pivot to the hearty tortas at nearby Los Tacos City Habanero taco truck. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 The journey began on a recent Thursday at a lot in northern Mexico, distinguished by a taco truck and not much else. George Etheredge, New York Times, "From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers," 6 Jan. 2018 Friends eagerly sent along their Miami-area recommendations—this cheap taco place, that cool art installation. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive That First Trip Away from Your Baby," 3 Dec. 2018 After hours of nonstop dancing, Rob Thomas took his guitar out and performed a late-night jam session while tamales, esquites, and tacos were served up as snacks on the beach—the perfect ending to this beautiful, bohemian wedding. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly’s Barefoot Wedding on the Beach," 3 Dec. 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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