[kab-uh l-yair-oh, kab-uh-lair-oh; Spanish kah-vah-lye-raw, -ye-]
- a Spanish gentleman.
- Southwestern U.S.
- a horseman.
- a woman's escort or admirer; cavalier.
Origin of caballero
1740–50; < Spanish < Late Latin caballārius groom; see cavalier
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- a Spanish gentleman
- a southwestern US word for horseman
C19: from Spanish: gentleman, horseman, from Late Latin caballārius rider, groom, from caballus horse; compare cavalier
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Word Origin and History for caballero
1877, "a Spanish gentleman," from Spanish caballero, from Latin caballarius, from caballus "a pack-horse, nag, hack" (see cavalier (n.)). Equivalent of French chevalier, Italian cavaliere.
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