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[uh-mee-goh, ah-mee-; Spanish ah-mee-gaw] /əˈmi goʊ, ɑˈmi-; Spanish ɑˈmi gɔ/
noun, plural amigos
[uh-mee-gohz; Spanish ah-mee-gaws] /əˈmi goʊz; Spanish ɑˈmi gɔs/ (Show IPA)
a friend, especially a male friend.
Origin of amigo
1830-40, Americanism; < Spanish < Latin amīcus Unabridged
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  • A few signs, which he well knew how to make, and the word “amigo!”

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • But, amigo, as you have learnt, this is a strange land—a country of quick changes.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • Si entra a una pulpera y le convida un extrao: gracias, amigo, a pagar lo que guste.

  • Oh, amigo George, my dear fellow-conspirator for the king—the king.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • "I was waiting for you, amigo," he said, walking beside him.

    For the Soul of Rafael Marah Ellis Ryan
  • When they were within a proper distance, they stopped, and called out amigo, amigo.

  • I have never been there, amigo; but of all countries I learn that it is the most tolerant in matters religious.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • I shall not see you again, amigo mio, but I shall not forget you, believe me.

    Old Mission Stories of California Charles Franklin Carter
  • One of our number understood them, and answered amigo, which is friend, when they came up to us.

  • amigo, I am sorry, but I have no money with me,” he said regretfully.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
British Dictionary definitions for amigo


/æˈmiːɡəʊ; ə-/
noun (pl) -gos
a friend; comrade
Word Origin
Spanish, from Latin amicus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for amigo

"friend, comrade," often a form of address, 1837, American English (first attested in the phrase adios, Amigo), from Spanish amigo, literally "friend," from Latin amicus "friend," related to amare "to love" (see Amy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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