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[chuh-mawr-oh; Spanish chah-mawr-raw] /tʃəˈmɔr oʊ; Spanish tʃɑˈmɔr rɔ/
noun, plural Chamorros
[chuh-mawr-ohz; Spanish chah-mawr-raws] /tʃəˈmɔr oʊz; Spanish tʃɑˈmɔr rɔs/ (Show IPA).
(especially collectively) Chamorro for 1.
a people inhabiting the Mariana Islands.
the Austronesian language of the Chamorro. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Chamorro proclaimed himself duly elected, and was installed in office at Granada, the chief city of the Servile faction.

    By-Ways of War James Jeffrey Roche
  • Their language is Chamorro, much resembling the Visayan dialect.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • It also obtained among the Chamorro of the Ladrones, who termed it tshomiko.

Word Origin and History for Chamorro

indigenous people of Guam and the Marianas Islands, from Spanish Chamorro, literally "shorn, shaven, bald." Supposedly because the men shaved their heads, but the name also has been connected to native Chamoru, said to mean "noble," so perhaps Chamorro is a Spanish folk etymology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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