[buh-ree-toh; Spanish boor-ree-taw]

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.

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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Examples from the Web for burrito

Contemporary Examples of burrito

  • The NRA supports the open carry of guns in cafes, burrito shops, and the produce aisle.

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    The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa

    John Feinblatt

    December 23, 2014

  • In theory, a breakfast taco or burrito can contain all the basic food groups: grains, vegetables, protein, some dairy.

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    Can This Waffle Save America?

    Daniel Gross

    August 8, 2013

  • And as she munched on her dairy-free Sofritas burrito, she realized that as much as anything she was probably missing that stuff.

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    Chipotle's New Vegan Burrito: Meh

    Winston Ross

    July 31, 2013

  • It costs about $5, compared to $8 or more for a burrito bowl from Chipotle.

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    Can This Taco Save America?

    Daniel Gross

    March 12, 2013

  • I'm not sure what it is, but it kind of sounds like my teenage boys' room after burrito night.

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    No Cash for You, Kentucky

    Paul Begala

    February 15, 2011

Historical Examples of burrito

  • She kissed me then, and I kissed her back, and it was some time before we went out for that burrito.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • She aimed it at her burrito's exposed guts and misted them with a fine red oily spray.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • As soon as we sat down, she unrolled her burrito and took a little bottle out of her purse.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • She rolled the burrito up as carefully as a stoner rolling up a joint, tucking the ends in, then re-wrapping it in tinfoil.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • He had a burrito the size of a football for breakfast, stuffed with shredded pig-parts and two kinds of sloppy beans.


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British Dictionary definitions for burrito


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper