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caballero

[kab-uh l-yair-oh, kab-uh-lair-oh; Spanish kah-vah-lye-raw, -ye-] /ˌkæb əlˈyɛər oʊ, ˌkæb əˈlɛər oʊ; Spanish ˌkɑ vɑˈlyɛ rɔ, -ˈyɛ-/
noun, plural caballeros
[kab-uh l-yair-ohz, kab-uh-lair-ohz; Spanish kah-vah-lye-raws, -ye-] /ˌkæb əlˈyɛər oʊz, ˌkæb əˈlɛər oʊz; Spanish ˌkɑ vɑˈlyɛ rɔs, -ˈyɛ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a Spanish gentleman.
2.
Southwestern U.S.
  1. a horseman.
  2. a woman's escort or admirer; cavalier.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < Spanish < Late Latin caballārius groom; see cavalier
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British Dictionary definitions for caballeros

caballero

/ˌkæbəˈljɛərəʊ; Spanish kaβaˈʎero/
noun (pl) -ros (-rəʊz; Spanish) (-ros)
1.
a Spanish gentleman
2.
a southwestern US word for horseman
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: gentleman, horseman, from Late Latin caballārius rider, groom, from caballus horse; compare cavalier
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Word Origin and History for caballeros

caballero

n.

1877, "a Spanish gentleman," from Spanish caballero, from Latin caballarius, from caballus "a pack-horse, nag, hack" (see cavalier (n.)). Equivalent of French chevalier, Italian cavaliere.

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