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pistolero

[pis-tl-air-oh; Spanish pees-taw-le-raw] /ˌpɪs tlˈɛər oʊ; Spanish ˌpis tɔˈlɛ rɔ/
noun, plural pistoleros
[pis-tl-air-ohz; Spanish pees-taw-le-raws] /ˌpɪs tlˈɛər oʊz; Spanish ˌpis tɔˈlɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA)
(esp. in Mexico and Central America)
1.
a member of an armed band of roving mounted bandits.
2.
a gunman or hired killer.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < Spanish, equivalent to pistol(a) pistol + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary
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Word Origin and History for pistolero
n.

1937, from Spanish; see pistolier.

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