caballero

caballero

[kab-uhl-yair-oh, kab-uh-lair-oh; Spanish kah-vah-lye-raw, -ye-]
noun, plural caballeros [kab-uhl-yair-ohz, kab-uh-lair-ohz; Spanish kah-vah-lye-raws, -ye-] .
1.
a Spanish gentleman.
2.
Southwestern U.S.
a.
a horseman.
b.
a woman's escort or admirer; cavalier.

Origin:
1740–50; < Spanish < Late Latin caballārius groom; see cavalier

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caballero (ˌkæbəˈljɛərəʊ, Spanish kaβaˈʎero)
 
n , pl -ros
1.  a Spanish gentleman
2.  a southwestern US word for horseman
 
[C19: from Spanish: gentleman, horseman, from Late Latin caballārius rider, groom, from caballus horse; compare cavalier]

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caballero
1877, "a Spanish gentleman," from Sp., from L. caballarius, from caballus "a pack-horse, nag, hack." "Not a native Lat. word (as the second -a- would show), though the source of the borrowing is uncertain" [Tucker]. Equivalent of Fr. chevalier, It. cavaliere (cf. cavalier).
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