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[mahr-ee-uh-lee-toh; Spanish mah-rye-lee-taw] /ˌmɑr i əˈli toʊ; Spanish ˌmɑ ryɛˈli tɔ/
noun, plural Marielitos
[mahr-ee-uh-lee-tohz; Spanish mah-rye-lee-taws] /ˌmɑr i əˈli toʊz; Spanish ˌmɑ ryɛˈli tɔs/ (Show IPA)
a refugee from Cuba who came to the U.S. in 1980 as part of a mass migration that sailed from Mariel, Cuba.
Origin of Marielito
< American Spanish, equivalent to Mariel, from which the migration took place + -ito noun suffix, usually diminutive Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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