Definition of nachos in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnäCHōz/

plural noun (singular nacho)

A dish of tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and often also other savory toppings: he made us nachos and chicken fajitas
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  • Entrées come with mixed greens, soup, nachos or pasta salad.
  • By now, the fans have had their fill of burgers, fries, pizza, wings and nachos.
  • A dream come true for all junk-food lovers with pizzas, burgers, nachos and nuggets.


1940s: perhaps from Mexican Spanish Nacho, nickname for Ignacio, given name of the chef credited with creation of the dish. An alternative derivation is from Spanish nacho 'flat-nosed'.

  • A Mexican chef called Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Anaya is thought to have invented nachos, a snack consisting of small pieces of tortilla topped with melted cheese and spices, in the 1940s. An alternative origin could be the Spanish word nacho, which means ‘flat-nosed’.

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Syllabification: na·chos

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