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[ ni-gril-oh ]
/ nɪˈgrɪl oʊ /

noun, plural Ne·gril·los, (especially collectively) Ne·gril·lo.

a member of any of various small-statured, indigenous peoples of Africa, as a Pygmy.

Origin of Negrillo

1850–55; < Spanish negrillo, diminutive of negro black Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for negrillo

  • I beg of you to accept this small present; it is some negrillo snuff from Habana, which Cardinal Acquaviva has given me.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Then they went in pursuit of some Indian, whom they killed in retribution for the Negrillo who had died.

British Dictionary definitions for negrillo


/ (nɪˈɡrɪləʊ) /

noun plural -los or -loes

a member of a dwarfish Negroid race of central and southern Africa

Word Origin for Negrillo

C19: from Spanish, diminutive of negro black
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012