Definition of caboclo in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈbôklo͞o/ Pronunciation: /-klō/

noun (plural caboclos)

1(In Brazil) an American Indian.
Example sentences
  • Starting in Manicore, they explored the neighboring areas in a rented speedboat, visiting riverbank settlements and showing photos of Little Fellow to the caboclos there, asking hundreds of people if they had ever seen any such monkey.
  • The study's intent is to reveal how the largely subsistence economies of the people of the river's mouth, the caboclos, illustrate a sustainable alternative to the rapacious nature of Amazonian development today.
  • When he wishes to indicate people of American Indian physical type in the Reconcavo, he generally says caboclo.
1.1A Brazilian of mixed white and Indian or Indian and black ancestry.
Example sentences
  • And he only partially addresses the broader economic pressures of poverty that caboclos face as the overall Brazilian economy continues along its uncertain path.
  • Jeanette was moved by the grace and dignity of the Brazilian caboclos who live along the river.
  • This paper analyzes the festival from an anthropological perspective, suggesting its interpretation as a contemporary cultural movement that, while enhancing regional indigenous roots, expresses a positive statement of a Brazilian ‘caboclo,’ or mestizo, cultural identity.


Brazilian Portuguese, perhaps from Tupi Kaa-boc 'person having copper-colored skin'.

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Syllabification: ca·bo·clo

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