[tah-koh; Spanish tah-kaw]
noun, plural tacos [tah-kohz; Spanish tah-kaws] .
Mexican Cookery. an often crisply fried tortilla folded over and filled, as with seasoned chopped meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.

1930–35; < Mexican Spanish; Spanish: wadding, plug, probably of expressive origin

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taco (ˈtɑːkəʊ)
n , pl -cos
Mexican cookery a tortilla folded into a roll with a filling and usually fried
[from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish: literally, a snack, a bite to eat]

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Word Origin & History

tortilla filled with spiced meat, etc., 1949, from Mexican Sp., "light lunch," lit. "plug, wadding."
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Example sentences
He went out and held up a taco joint and got sixteen dollars and thirteen cents.
On the other hand, the rest of us gained an unbeatable taco-and-tequila joint serving inventive, unfussy fare.
He bought a house with a backyard and opened a taco restaurant with his brothers.
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