Definition of criollo in English:

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Pronunciation: /krɪˈɒləʊ/
Pronunciation: /krɪˈɒjəʊ/

noun (plural criollos)

1A person from Spanish South or Central America, especially one of pure Spanish descent.
Example sentences
  • Spaniards were referred to as Peninsulars, while their South-American-born descendants were called criollos (Creoles).
  • A criollo in Argentina is a person or a family descended from Spanish ancestry, in other words, no added mixture of non-Spanish blood.
  • In the twentieth century, the men's loincloths were made of a bright red cloth obtained from the criollos (Venezuelans of mixed descent).
1.1A horse or other domestic animal of a South or Central American breed.
Example sentences
  • Fig 5 shows the relatedness of the seven criollo breeds.
  • You'll saddle up on Ecuadorian criollos, Andalucians and thoroughbreds, riding South American-style vaquero sillas - sheepskin padded for long hours in the saddle.
  • On this 140-mile journey, you'll visit fishing villages atop South American criollo horses, fuel up on lamb and steak, and gaze at capybaras (the world's largest rodents).
2 (also criollo tree) A cacao tree of a variety producing thin-shelled beans of high quality.
Example sentences
  • Older, ‘gran cru’ trees yield finer criollo and trinitario cacao beans, which are more flavorful than the lesser beans.
  • Chuaco is the Montrachet of chocolate and still attracts the great chocolatiers of France and Italy, who fight over infinitesimal amounts of the finest criollo cacao in the world.
  • The three main varieties of cacao beans used in the production of chocolate are criollo, forastero and trinitario.


Late 19th century: Spanish, literally 'native to the locality' (see Creole).

Words that rhyme with criollo

bolo, polo, solo, tombolo

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Line breaks: cri|ollo

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