Dictionary.com

dato

[ dah-toh; Spanish dah-taw ]
/ ˈdɑ toʊ; Spanish ˈdɑ tɔ /
Save This Word!

noun, plural da·tos [dah-tohz; Spanish dah-taws], /ˈdɑ toʊz; Spanish ˈdɑ tɔs/,

(in the Philippines) a native chief.
the headman of a barrio or of a Malay tribe.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!

Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also datu.

Origin of dato

1835–45; <Spanish or Portuguese <Malay datuk war chief
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for dato

British Dictionary definitions for dato

dato
/ (ˈdɑːtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

the chief of any of certain Muslim tribes in the Philippine Islands

Word Origin for dato

C19: from Spanish, ultimately from Malay dato' grandfather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK