[ free-hohl, free-hohl; Spanish free-hawl ]
/ ˈfri hoʊl, friˈhoʊl; Spanish friˈhɔl /

noun, plural fri·jo·les [free-hohlz, free-hoh-leez; Spanish free-haw-les] /ˈfri hoʊlz, friˈhoʊ liz; Spanish friˈhɔ lɛs/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. frigidarium,
  2. frigidity,
  3. frigidly,
  4. frigidoreceptor,
  5. frigorific,
  6. frijole,
  7. frijoles,
  8. frijoles refritos,
  9. frill,
  10. frill-necked lizard

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frijoles


/ (ˈfriːhəʊl, Spanish friˈxol) /

noun plural -joles (-həʊlz, Spanish -ˈxoles)

a variety of bean, esp of the French bean, extensively cultivated for food in Mexico

Word Origin for frijol

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper