[ pam-puh z; attributively pam-puh s; Spanish pahm-pahs ]
/ ˈpæm pəz; attributively ˈpæm pəs; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑs /

plural noun, singular pam·pa [pam-puh; Spanish pahm-pah] /ˈpæm pə; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑ/.

the vast grassy plains of southern South America, especially in Argentina.

Origin of pampas

1695–1705; < American Spanish, plural of pampa < Quechua: flat, unbounded plain

Related forms

pam·pe·an [pam-pee-uh n, pam-pee-uh n] /pæmˈpi ən, ˈpæm pi ən/, adjective

Definition for pampas (2 of 2)


[ pam-puh ]
/ ˈpæm pə /


a city in N Texas. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pampas


/ (ˈpæmpəz) /


(functioning as singular or more often plural)
  1. the extensive grassy plains of temperate South America, esp in Argentina
  2. (as modifier)pampas dwellers

Derived Forms

pampean (ˈpæmpɪən, pæmˈpiːən), adjective

Word Origin for pampas

C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain
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Science definitions for pampas


[ pămpə ]

An extensive, treeless grassland of southern South America.
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