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mustang

[muhs-tang] /ˈmʌs tæŋ/
noun
1.
a small, hardy horse of the American plains, descended from Spanish stock.
2.
U.S. Navy Slang. a naval officer who received his commission while still an enlisted man.
verb (used without object)
3.
to round up wild horses, especially in order to sell them illegally to slaughterhouses.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism; < Spanish mestengo stray or ownerless beast, noun use of masculine adj.: pertaining to a mixed lot of beasts, equivalent to mest(a) such a mixed lot (< Latin (animālia) mixta mixed (beasts), neuter plural adj., taken as feminine singular noun; see mixed) + -engo adj. suffix
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Examples from the web for mustang
  • Five dollars, sixty-six and two-thirds per cent advance, induced the owner to part with the mustang.
  • In this romantic western, the real stars are a mustang and a police dog.
British Dictionary definitions for mustang

mustang

/ˈmʌstæŋ/
noun
1.
a small breed of horse, often wild or half wild, found in the southwestern US
Word Origin
C19: from Mexican Spanish mestengo, from mesta a group of stray animals
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Word Origin and History for mustang
n.

"small, half-wild horse of the American prairie," 1808, from Mexican Spanish mestengo "animal that strays" (16c.), from Spanish mestengo "wild, stray, ownerless," literally "belonging to the mesta," an association of cattle ranchers who divided stray or unclaimed animals that got "mixed" with the herds, from Latin mixta "mixed," fem. past participle of miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)).

Said to be influenced by the Spanish word mostrenco "straying, wild," which is probably from mostrar, from Latin monstrare "to show."

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Slang definitions & phrases for mustang

mustang

noun

A commissioned officer who has been promoted from the enlisted ranks: A mustang who had worked his way up from the ranks in 13 years

[1847+ Armed forces; fr mustang, ''wild, sturdy horse of the Western US,'' fr Mexican Spanish mestengo, ''stray animal'']


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Encyclopedia Article for mustang

bronco

North American wild or Indian-tamed horse, descended from horses taken to the New World by the Spanish in the 16th century. The name comes from that of an Indian tribe of eastern Washington and Oregon that was known for the small horses it bred.

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