noun, plural Mar·ra·nos.
Origin of Marrano
Examples from the Web for marrano
A Marrano physician, who had escaped from Portugal, and was his devoted adherent, received the crown of Portugal.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
He consented to the restriction of Marrano emigration, so strenuously insisted upon by the Portuguese court.
After all, the writer turned out to be a Marrano, one Emanuel da Costa.
The king did, indeed, institute a strict inquiry to discover the accomplices of the two Marrano monks.
There were then in Hamburg 125 adults of Marrano descent, among whom were ten capitalists, two physicians, and three artisans.
noun plural -nos
Word Origin for Marrano
"Jew or Moor converted to Christianity," 1580s, from Spanish, probably literally "pig, swine," an expression of contempt, from Arabic muharram "forbidden thing" (eating of pork is forbidden by Muslim and Jewish religious law), from haruma "was forbidden" (see harem).