[ koh-suh-nair-oh ]

noun,plural co·ci·ne·ros.Southwestern U.S.
  1. a cook, especially one working on a ranch or a trail drive.

Origin of cocinero

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; from Spanish: literally, “cook,” from Medieval Latin cocīnārius, cocīnerius “cook,” noun use of Latin coquīnārius “pertaining to the kitchen”; equivalent to Spanish cocin(a) “cooking, kitchen,” from Latin coquīna “cookery, kitchen” + -ero, from Latin -ārius; see origin at cuisine, kitchen, -ary

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