[ muhs-tang ]
/ ˈmʌs tæŋ /


a small, hardy horse of the American plains, descended from Spanish stock.
U.S. Navy Slang. a naval officer who received his commission while still an enlisted man.

verb (used without object)

to round up wild horses, especially in order to sell them illegally to slaughterhouses.

Origin of mustang

1800–10, Americanism; < Spanish mestengo stray or ownerless beast, noun use of masculine adj.: pertaining to a mixed lot of beasts, equivalent to mest(a) such a mixed lot (< Latin (animālia) mixta mixed (beasts), neuter plural adj., taken as feminine singular noun; see mixed) + -engo adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mustang

/ (ˈmʌstæŋ) /


a small breed of horse, often wild or half wild, found in the southwestern US

Word Origin for mustang

C19: from Mexican Spanish mestengo, from mesta a group of stray animals
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