[ pam-puhz; attributively pam-puhs; Spanish pahm-pahs ]
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plural noun,singular pam·pa [pam-puh; Spanish pahm-pah]. /ˈpæm pə; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑ/.
  1. the vast grassy plains of southern South America, especially in Argentina.

Origin of pampas

First recorded in 1695–1705; from Latin American Spanish, plural of pampa, from Quechua: “flat, unbounded plain”

Other words from pampas

  • pam·pe·an [pam-pee-uhn, pam-pee-uhn], /pæmˈpi ən, ˈpæm pi ən/, adjective

Words Nearby pampas Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pampas in a sentence

  • Beneath the balcony was an arcade where many seats were disposed among palms and pampas grass.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Now, with the increase of the area of cultivation, the land in the pampas which is available for grazing is greatly curtailed.

    Argentina | W. A. Hirst
  • The tall pampas-grass, with its long feathery plumes, gives a profitable crop.

    Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
  • They descend from the Andes, traverse the pampas from east to west, and empty themselves into the saline lakes.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • As a rough guess, beyond those tremendous highlands lay the plains of Lower Argentina—the black, wind-swept, semidesert pampas.

British Dictionary definitions for pampas


/ (ˈpæmpəz) /

  1. (functioning as singular or more often plural)

    • the extensive grassy plains of temperate South America, esp in Argentina

    • (as modifier): pampas dwellers

Origin of pampas

C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain

Derived forms of pampas

  • pampean (ˈpæmpɪən, pæmˈpiːən), adjective

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