[ kree-oh-loh; Spanish kree-aw-yaw ]
/ kriˈoʊ loʊ; Spanish kriˈɔ yɔ /

noun, plural cri·ol·los [kree-oh-lohz; Spanish kree-aw-yaws] /kriˈoʊ loʊz; Spanish kriˈɔ yɔs/.

a person born in Spanish America but of European, usually Spanish, ancestry.Compare Creole(def 1).
a domestic animal of any of several strains or breeds developed in Latin America.


of, relating to, or characteristic of a criollo or criollos.

Nearby words

  1. crinophagy,
  2. crinose,
  3. crinosity,
  4. crinum,
  5. criolla,
  6. crios,
  7. criosphinx,
  8. crip,
  9. cripes,
  10. crippen

Origin of criollo

From Spanish, dating back to 1905–10; see origin at Creole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for criollo


/ (kriːˈəʊləʊ, Spanish ˈkrjoʎo) /

noun plural -los (-ləʊz, Spanish -ʎos)

a native or inhabitant of Latin America of European descent, esp of Spanish descent
  1. any of various South American breeds of domestic animal
  2. (as modifier)a criollo pony
a high-quality variety of cocoa


of, relating to, or characteristic of a criollo or criollos

Word Origin for criollo

Spanish: native; see creole

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