[pis-tl-air-oh; Spanish pees-taw-le-raw]
noun, plural pistoleros [pis-tl-air-ohz; Spanish pees-taw-le-raws] (esp. in Mexico and Central America)
a member of an armed band of roving mounted bandits.
a gunman or hired killer.

1935–40; < Spanish, equivalent to pistol(a) pistol + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary

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