[lah-noh; Spanish yah-naw]

noun, plural lla·nos [lah-nohz; Spanish yah-naws] /ˈlɑ noʊz; Spanish ˈyɑ nɔs/. (in the southwestern U.S. and Spanish America)

an extensive grassy plain with few trees.

Origin of llano

1605–15; < Spanish: a plain < Latin plānus plain1
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Examples from the Web for llano

Historical Examples of llano

  • It is mid-day, as filing up the pass, they reach the higher level of the Llano.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • They were formed after the Tertiary rocks of the Llano were laid down.

    North America

    Israel C. Russell

  • The llano had appeared to them in its grandiose majesty, and a cry of delight had burst from breasts so long oppressed by fear.

    The Flying Horseman

    Gustave Aimard

  • Clouds of men from every point were sweeping across the llano toward the town.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

  • On the llano fugitives and pursuers mingled as one in the human wave of confusion.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

British Dictionary definitions for llano


noun plural -nos (-nəʊz, Spanish -nɔs)

an extensive grassy treeless plain, esp in South America

Word Origin for llano

C17: Spanish, from Latin plānum level ground
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Word Origin and History for llano

1610s, American Spanish, "prairie," from Spanish llano "plain, even, level, smooth," ultimately from Latin planum "plain," from planus "smooth" (see plane (n.1)). Hence, llanero "a Latin-American cowboy" (1819), literally "plainsman."

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