caballero

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish caballero. Doublet of cavalier.

Noun[edit]

caballero (plural caballeros or caballeroes)

  1. A horseman, particularly in the Latin American context
    • 2007, January 26, “Roberta Smith”, in Outside In[1]:
      Here we usually find the caballero aiming his pistol in one direction while pointing his reined-in steed in another, as if ready to wheel and dash to safety.
  2. A Spanish gentleman.
  3. A Spanish line dance.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin caballārius, from Latin caballus. Equivalent to caballo +‎ -ero. Cognate with English cavalier.

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • IPA(key): (most of Spain and Latin America) /kabaˈʝeɾo/, [ka.β̞aˈʝe.ɾo]
  • IPA(key): (rural northern Spain, Andes Mountains) /kabaˈʎeɾo/, [ka.β̞aˈʎe.ɾo]
  • IPA(key): (Buenos Aires and environs) /kabaˈʃeɾo/, [ka.β̞aˈʃe.ɾo]
  • IPA(key): (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) /kabaˈʒeɾo/, [ka.β̞aˈʒe.ɾo]

Noun[edit]

caballero m (plural caballeros)

  1. gentleman
    Synonym: señor
  2. (especially South America) cowboy
    Synonyms: vaquero, gaucho (Argentina), charro (Mexico), huaso (Chile)
  3. horseman
    Synonym: jinete
  4. knight
  5. cavalier

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