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noun, plural Ne·gril·los, (especially collectively) Ne·gril·lo.
  1. a member of any of various small-statured, indigenous peoples of Africa, as a Pygmy.
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Origin of Negrillo

1850–55; < Spanish negrillo, diminutive of negro black
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Historical Examples

  • 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


noun plural -los or -loes
  1. a member of a dwarfish Negroid race of central and southern Africa
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish, diminutive of negro black
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