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

Examples from the Web for nacho

Contemporary Examples of nacho

Historical Examples of nacho

  • Leclerq, Koch, and Nacho Amor are all cultivated, agreeable young men.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • And Nacho had always approved himself an excellent chasqui, and was an unerring guide even across the trackless travesia.

    At Home with the Patagonians

    George Chaworth Musters

British Dictionary definitions for nacho


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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