- a Spanish or Portuguese Jew who was converted to Christianity during the late Middle Ages, usually under threat of death or persecution, especially one who continued to adhere to Judaism in secret.
Origin of Marrano
Examples from the Web for marrano
Portugal fell to a Marrano physician who had escaped from the Inquisition.Dreamers of the Ghetto
There were in Portugal hardly any but Jewish, that is to say, Marrano physicians.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)
Antonio de Montezinos was a Marrano, whom business or love of travel had led to America.
A Marrano physician named Jacob Zemach appears to have stood at their head.
A Marrano physician, who had escaped from Portugal, and was his devoted adherent, received the crown of Portugal.
- a Spanish or Portuguese Jew of the late Middle Ages who was converted to Christianity, esp one forcibly converted but secretly adhering to Judaism
Word Origin and History 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).