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[kree-oh-loh; Spanish kree-aw-yaw]
noun, plural cri·ol·los [kree-oh-lohz; Spanish kree-aw-yaws] /kriˈoʊ loʊz; Spanish kriˈɔ yɔs/.
  1. a person born in Spanish America but of European, usually Spanish, ancestry.Compare Creole(def 1).
  2. a domestic animal of any of several strains or breeds developed in Latin America.
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a criollo or criollos.
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Origin of criollo

From Spanish, dating back to 1905–10; see origin at Creole
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Examples from the Web for criollo

Historical Examples of criollo

  • The cacao of the criollo variety has pods the walls of which are thin and warty, with ten distinct furrows.

    Cocoa and Chocolate

    Arthur W. Knapp

  • It is considered by some to be sufficiently distinct to form a third type equivalent to criollo or forastero.

  • Of the many varieties of the cacao, the best known are the criollo, forastero, and calabacilla.

  • The criollo (creole) bean is generally used as seed, and for it high prices are obtained.

British Dictionary definitions for criollo


noun plural -los (-ləʊz, Spanish -ʎos)
  1. 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
  2. a high-quality variety of cocoa
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a criollo or criollos
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Word Origin for criollo

Spanish: native; see creole
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