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[nah-choh] /ˈnɑ tʃoʊ/
noun, plural nachos. Mexican Cookery.
a snack or appetizer consisting of a small piece of tortilla topped with cheese, hot peppers, etc., and broiled.
Origin of nacho
1965-70; < Mexican Spanish; ulterior origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And nacho had always approved himself an excellent chasqui, and was an unerring guide even across the trackless travesia.

    At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters
  • Leclerq, Koch, and nacho Amor are all cultivated, agreeable young men.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
British Dictionary definitions for nacho


noun (pl) nachos
(Mexican cookery) a snack consisting of a piece of tortilla topped with cheese, hot peppers, etc, and grilled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nacho

according to "The Dallas Morning News" [Oct. 22, 1995] and other sources, named for restaurant cook Ignacio Anaya, who invented the dish in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras in 1943.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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