[ buh-ree-toh; Spanish boor-ree-taw ]
/ bəˈri toʊ; Spanish burˈri tɔ /

noun, plural bur·ri·tos [buh-ree-tohz; Spanish boor-ree-taws] /bəˈri toʊz; Spanish burˈri tɔs/. Mexican Cookery.

a tortilla folded over a filling, as of ground beef, grated cheese, or refried beans.

Nearby words

  1. burrell collection,
  2. burren,
  3. burrfish,
  4. burrhel,
  5. burrillville,
  6. burro,
  7. burro's tail,
  8. burroughs,
  9. burroughs, edgar rice,
  10. burroughs, john

Origin of burrito

1940–45; < Mexican Spanish (Guerrero): stuffed taco, Spanish: young donkey, foal, equivalent to burr(o) burro + -ito diminutive suffix

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/ (bəˈriːtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

Mexican cookery a tortilla folded over a filling of minced beef, chicken, cheese, or beans

Word Origin for burrito

C20: from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish: literally, a young donkey

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Word Origin and History for burrito



Mexican food dish, 1934, from Spanish, literally "little burro" (see burro).

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