[ nah-choh ]
/ ˈnɑ tʃoʊ /

noun, plural na·chos. Mexican Cookery.

a snack or appetizer consisting of a small piece of tortilla topped with cheese, hot peppers, etc., and broiled.

Origin of nacho

1965–70; < Mexican Spanish; ulterior origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nacho


/ (ˈnɑːtʃəʊ) /

noun plural nachos

Mexican cookery a snack consisting of a piece of tortilla topped with cheese, hot peppers, etc, and grilled
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Word Origin and History for nacho



according to "The Dallas Morning News" [Oct. 22, 1995] and other sources, named for restaurant cook Ignacio Anaya, who invented the dish in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras in 1943.

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