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[pin-toh, peen-] /ˈpɪn toʊ, ˈpin-/
marked with spots of white and other colors; mottled; spotted:
a pinto horse.
noun, plural pintos.
Western U.S. a pinto horse.
Origin of pinto
obsolete Spanish
1855-60, Americanism; < American Spanish (obsolete Spanish) < Vulgar Latin *pinctus painted; see pinta Unabridged
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  • He passed pinto twice, and once made a small purchase at the same stall where the Portuguese was buying lavishly.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • It was too dark to recognise them, but she thought that one figure was pinto Silva.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Evidently pinto had not thought it necessary to search his pockets.

  • pinto—well, pinto would go his own way just when it suited him.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • And the pinto seemed to unchain himself, as a hawk when he sails no more, but flaps for higher speed.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for pinto


marked with patches of white; piebald
noun (pl) -tos
a pinto horse
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish (originally: painted, spotted), ultimately from Latin pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for pinto

1860, "a horse marked black and white," from American Spanish pinto, literally "painted, spotted," from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *pinctus, variant of Latin pictus "painted," past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)). Pinto bean is attested from 1916, so called for its markings.

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