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[kab-uh l-yair-oh, kab-uh-lair-oh; Spanish kah-vah-lye-raw, -ye-]
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noun, plural ca·bal·le·ros [kab-uh l-yair-ohz, kab-uh-lair-ohz; Spanish kah-vah-lye-raws, -ye-] /ˌkæb əlˈyɛər oʊz, ˌkæb əˈlɛər oʊz; Spanish ˌkɑ vɑˈlyɛ rɔs, -ˈyɛ-/.
  1. a Spanish gentleman.
  2. Southwestern U.S.
    1. a horseman.
    2. a woman's escort or admirer; cavalier.
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Origin of caballero

1740–50; < Spanish < Late Latin caballārius groom; see cavalier
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cavalier, escort, gentleman, horseman, knight, lover

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noun plural -ros (-rəʊz, Spanish -ros)
  1. a Spanish gentleman
  2. a southwestern US word for horseman
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Word Origin

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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