- 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.
- to round up wild horses, especially in order to sell them illegally to slaughterhouses.
Origin of mustang
Examples from the Web for mustang
You can put mag wheels on a Gremlin,” commented one long time Michigan observer, “but that doesn't make it a Mustang.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
Hundreds of trekkers were on the popular Annapurna Circuit in the Mustang area of Nepal when disaster struck last week.Nepal’s Deadliest Avalanche Was Totally Avoidable
October 20, 2014
Mmmhops is a tasty pale ale created in partnership with Mustang Brewing.Hanson Got Me Drunk on Their New Beer, Mmmhops (Really)
September 18, 2013
He had the distinction of becoming a “mustang,” a Marine enlisted man elevated to officer.The First American Casualties of our Iraq “Adventure”
March 20, 2013
“I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck,” the candidate said.Mitt Romney’s Most Awkward Moments
The Daily Beast Video
January 10, 2012
Another instant and his own mustang was spurred in close by the strugglers.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
"Both of you had better go back, on the one mustang," said Amos Radbury.
The second mustang was slightly injured, but could still be ridden.
Then came a snap of the lariat, and Ralph went down, with the mustang on top of him.
I wonder what became of the mustang, and where Ralph and the ponies are?
- a small breed of horse, often wild or half wild, found in the southwestern US
Word Origin and History for mustang
"small, half-wild horse of the American prairie," 1808, from Mexican Spanish mestengo "animal that strays" (16c.), from Spanish mestengo "wild, stray, ownerless," literally "belonging to the mesta," an association of cattle ranchers who divided stray or unclaimed animals that got "mixed" with the herds, from Latin mixta "mixed," fem. past participle of miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)).
Said to be influenced by the Spanish word mostrenco "straying, wild," which is probably from mostrar, from Latin monstrare "to show."