- a man of the lower nobility in Spain.
- (in Spanish America) a man who owns considerable property or is otherwise esteemed.
Origin of hidalgo
- Juan [hwahn] /ʰwɑn/, c1600–85, Spanish composer and harpist.
- a state in central Mexico. 8057 sq. mi. (20,870 sq. km). Capital: Pachuca.
Examples from the Web for hidalgo
Historical Examples of hidalgo
It was, he felt, a ridiculous position for a Hidalgo of Spain.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
In the Plaza de Armas there stands a fine monument to the memory of Hidalgo.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
A cement works at Hidalgo, of 50,000 tons annual capacity, has been started.
But let us now take our stand with Hidalgo, the warrior-priest of Mexico.
The Comandante pledges himself, as a hidalgo, that you shall not be harmed.The Crusade of the Excelsior
- a member of the lower nobility in Spain
Word Origin for hidalgo
- a state of central Mexico: consists of a high plateau, with the Sierra Madre Oriental in the north and east; ancient remains of Teltec culture (at Tula); rich mineral resources. Capital: Pachuca. Pop: 2 231 392 (2000). Area: 20 987 sq km (8103 sq miles)
"Spanish nobleman of secondary rank," 1590s, from Spanish hidalgo, from Old Spanish fidalgo, shortened from filho de algo "son (Latin filus) of someone (Latin aliquis)," perhaps an imitation of Arabic ibn-nas "son of people," a complimentary title. For alteration of f- and h- in Spanish, see hacienda.