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[pin-toh, peen-] /ˈpɪn toʊ, ˈpin-/
marked with spots of white and other colors; mottled; spotted:
a pinto horse.
noun, plural pintos.
Western U.S. a pinto horse.
Origin of pinto
obsolete Spanish
1855-60, Americanism; < American Spanish (obsolete Spanish) < Vulgar Latin *pinctus painted; see pinta Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pinto
  • More than one in ten were pinto-patterned, flashing yards of smooth white skin.
  • On another table sit foods long forgotten: pinto beans, fried tomatoes, chowchow relish.
  • The addition of chocolate adds a surprising sweet twist to this protein-packed bowl of pinto beans and kale.
  • Not so different from the pinto coloration in horses which is conceded to be a trait implicit in tameness.
  • The national dish, a combination of rice and beans called gallo pinto, was not a candidate.
  • The pinto bean market has leveled off following the dramatic price increases experienced in the last month.
  • pinto beans are similar in composition to navy beans and chickpeas.
  • To accompany the pizza is a warm and filling pot of pinto beans.
British Dictionary definitions for pinto


marked with patches of white; piebald
noun (pl) -tos
a pinto horse
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish (originally: painted, spotted), ultimately from Latin pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for pinto

1860, "a horse marked black and white," from American Spanish pinto, literally "painted, spotted," from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *pinctus, variant of Latin pictus "painted," past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)). Pinto bean is attested from 1916, so called for its markings.

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