[uh-mee-goh, ah-mee-; Spanish ah-mee-gaw]

noun, plural a·mi·gos [uh-mee-gohz; Spanish ah-mee-gaws] /əˈmi goʊz; Spanish ɑˈmi gɔs/.

a friend, especially a male friend.

Origin of amigo

1830–40, Americanism; < Spanish < Latin amīcus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amigo

Historical Examples of amigo

  • Well, amigo, I must look you up something else; but now for dinner.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise

  • But my name, amigo, Henry Allègre had taken from me like all the rest of what I had been once.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

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

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • Thou knowest, also, amigo Rafael, that I have been a gatherer of curios.

  • A few signs, which he well knew how to make, and the word “amigo!”

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for amigo


noun plural -gos

a friend; comrade

Word Origin for amigo

Spanish, from Latin amicus
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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