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[tah-koh; Spanish tah-kaw] /ˈtɑ koʊ; Spanish ˈtɑ kɔ/
noun, plural tacos
[tah-kohz; Spanish tah-kaws] /ˈtɑ koʊz; Spanish ˈtɑ kɔs/ (Show IPA)
Mexican Cookery. an often crisply fried tortilla folded over and filled, as with seasoned chopped meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.
Origin of taco
1930-35; < Mexican Spanish; Spanish: wadding, plug, probably of expressive origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I saw the train start from the station at taco, but he was not in it.'

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  • But taco Quaerts seems to be quite infallible in the eyes of all of you.

  • “If you think that taco is no better than a Spartan, you know nothing at all about him,” he said, fiercely.

  • taco Quaerts is always very correct in matters of etiquette,” said Anna, defending him.

  • Her thoughts still wandered over all those people and finally halted at taco Quaerts.

British Dictionary definitions for taco


noun (pl) -cos
(Mexican cookery) a tortilla folded into a roll with a filling and usually fried
Word Origin
from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish: literally, a snack, a bite to eat
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Word Origin and History for taco

tortilla filled with spiced meat, etc., 1949, from Mexican Spanish, "light lunch," literally "plug, wadding."

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Slang definitions & phrases for taco



A Mexican or person of Mexican descent (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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