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[buh-ree-toh; Spanish boor-ree-taw] /bəˈri toʊ; Spanish burˈri tɔ/
noun, plural burritos
[buh-ree-tohz; Spanish boor-ree-taws] /bəˈri toʊz; Spanish burˈri tɔs/ (Show IPA).
Mexican Cookery.
a tortilla folded over a filling, as of ground beef, grated cheese, or refried beans.
Origin of burrito
1940-45; < Mexican Spanish (Guerrero): stuffed taco, Spanish: young donkey, foal, equivalent to burr(o) burro + -ito diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • He had a burrito the size of a football for breakfast, stuffed with shredded pig-parts and two kinds of sloppy beans.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • She aimed it at her burrito's exposed guts and misted them with a fine red oily spray.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • As soon as we sat down, she unrolled her burrito and took a little bottle out of her purse.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • She rolled the burrito up as carefully as a stoner rolling up a joint, tucking the ends in, then re-wrapping it in tinfoil.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • She kissed me then, and I kissed her back, and it was some time before we went out for that burrito.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for burrito


noun (pl) -tos
(Mexican cookery) a tortilla folded over a filling of minced beef, chicken, cheese, or beans
Word Origin
C20: from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish: literally, a young donkey
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Word Origin and History for burrito

Mexican food dish, 1934, from Spanish, literally "little burro" (see burro).

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