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[free-hohl, free-hohl; Spanish free-hawl]
noun, plural fri·jo·les [free-hohlz, free-hoh-leez; Spanish free-haw-les] /ˈfri hoʊlz, friˈhoʊ liz; Spanish friˈhɔ lɛs/.
  1. any bean of the genus Phaseolus, especially the kidney bean, the seeds of which are used for food in Mexico, in the southwestern U.S., etc.
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Also fri·jo·le [free-hoh-lee] /friˈhoʊ li/.

Origin of frijol

1570–80; < Spanish, earlier fresol, fesol < a dialectal source, akin to Galician freixó, feixoo, earlier feijoo < Latin faseolus; see feijoada
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Examples from the Web for frijoles

Historical Examples

  • These frijoles were soft and well seasoned and the cakes, tortillas, were tender, too.

    The Mission of Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

  • Here an old Indian woman cooked for us tortillas and frijoles.

    On the Mexican Highlands

    William Seymour Edwards

  • I had been told that tortillas and frijoles were the staff of Mexican life.

    On the Mexican Highlands

    William Seymour Edwards

  • The tamale is still a favorite dish, like tortillas and frijoles.

  • One of the men lighted a fire and cooked some frijoles and tortillas.

British Dictionary definitions for frijoles


noun plural -joles (-həʊlz, Spanish -ˈxoles)
  1. a variety of bean, esp of the French bean, extensively cultivated for food in Mexico
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Word Origin

C16: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin phaseolus, diminutive of phasēlus, from Greek phasēlos bean with edible pod
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Word Origin and History for frijoles


1570s, from Spanish frijoles (plural) "beans," from Latin phaseolus, phaselus "kidney bean," from Greek phaselos "a kind of bean."

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