Definition of caballero in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkabə(l)ˈye(ə)rō/ /-ˈle(ə)rō/

noun (plural caballeros)

1A Spanish or Mexican gentleman.
Example sentences
  • He wore a sword, the symbol of his status as a gentleman, or caballero.
  • Stemming from the Spanish word caballero, it was meant to connote Catholicism, foreignness, and immorality.
  • The boys are dressed like dusty caballeros and the gals are decked out like the pretty señoritas on old Havana cigar boxes.
2US (In the southwestern US) a horseman.
Example sentences
  • The Caballeros are the cavalry or horsemen, who guard Jesus from those trying to capture him in this re-enactment.
  • Other dancers at the Easter celebration include: the Caballeros or horseman who carry blue flags that symbolize.
  • They did not give balls, and Antonia never appeared at a ground-floor window, as some other young ladies used to do attended by elder women, to chat with the caballeros on horseback in the Calle.


Mid 19th century: Spanish 'gentleman, horseman', based on Latin caballus 'horse'. Compare with cavalier, chevalier.

Words that rhyme with caballero

bolero, dinero, Faeroe, pharaoh, ranchero, sombrero, torero
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