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[nah-choh] /ˈnɑ tʃoʊ/
noun, plural nachos. Mexican Cookery.
a snack or appetizer consisting of a small piece of tortilla topped with cheese, hot peppers, etc., and broiled.
Origin of nacho
1965-70; < Mexican Spanish; ulterior origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Leclerq, Koch, and nacho Amor are all cultivated, agreeable young men.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • And nacho had always approved himself an excellent chasqui, and was an unerring guide even across the trackless travesia.

    At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters
British Dictionary definitions for nacho


noun (pl) nachos
(Mexican cookery) a snack consisting of a piece of tortilla topped with cheese, hot peppers, etc, and grilled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nacho

according to "The Dallas Morning News" [Oct. 22, 1995] and other sources, named for restaurant cook Ignacio Anaya, who invented the dish in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras in 1943.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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