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noun Southwestern U.S. (chiefly Texas ).
  1. something extra; lagniappe.
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Origin of pilon

1880–85; Americanism; < Mexican Spanish pilón literally, trough, mortar, Spanish: derivative of pila basin, trough < Latin pīla mortar
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Examples from the Web for pilon

Historical Examples

  • An urchin who was looking on offered to go and find Pre Pilon.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1

    Gustave Flaubert

  • A shove sent the boat adrift, and the oarsman plied it rapidly toward the Pilon.

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    Francis Miltoun

  • Pilon is the psychologist who has the most forcibly demonstrated that resemblance acts before being perceived.

Word Origin and History for pilon


1892, from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish pilón "sugar loaf."

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