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[om-ber] /ˈɒm bər/
noun, Cards.


[om-brey, -bree] /ˈɒm breɪ, -bri/
man; fellow; guy:
That sheriff is a mean hombre.
Origin of hombre2
1830-40; < Spanish, by dissimilation and intrusion of b < Vulgar Latin *omne, for Latin hominem, accusative of homō man, Homo


or hombre

[om-ber] /ˈɒm bər/
a card game popular in the 17th and 18th centuries and played, usually by three persons, with 40 cards.
the player undertaking to win the pool in this game.
Also, especially British, ombre.
1650-60; < French (h)ombre < Spanish hombre literally, man < Latin hominem, accusative of homō man. See Homo Unabridged
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  • Sin hacer caso del asombro general, hombre y perro comieron con buen apetito.

    A First Spanish Reader Erwin W. Roessler and Alfred Remy
  • "There's only one form of persuasion to use with an hombre," commented Henderson, gently.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Who is this hombre in gold-tinsel and green that has such faith in the ability and concoctions of Torreblanca y Moncada?

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • They've just brought an hombre with a crushed leg into the hospital.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Caution, he told himself, there's an hombre up there with a rifle.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • Cold as it is, a little fightin' would warm an hombre up some.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • This hombre they call the Kid—Goodall is his name, ain't it?

  • But the padre of whom you speak—this hombre muy sabio—what has become of him?

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • Bruce asked himself, eying the idler sharply as he passed, “or is that hombre tagging me around?”

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for hombre


/ˈɒmbreɪ; -brɪ/
(Western US) a slang word for man
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: man


a variant of ombre
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Word Origin and History for hombre

"a man" (especially one of Spanish descent), 1846, from Spanish, from Latin hominem, accusative of homo "man" (see homunculus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hombre



  1. A Hispanic person
  2. A man; fellow; guy: a real cool hombre

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wise guy

[1846+; fr Spanish, ''man'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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