[pin-toh, peen-]


marked with spots of white and other colors; mottled; spotted: a pinto horse.

noun, plural pin·tos.

Western U.S. a pinto horse.

Origin of pinto

1855–60, Americanism; < American Spanish (obsolete Spanish) < Vulgar Latin *pinctus painted; see pinta Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pinto

Contemporary Examples of pinto

Historical Examples of pinto

  • Never had the pinto dodged his share of honest running, and this day was no exception.

  • And the pinto, for all his courage, could not meet that handicap and beat it.

  • Moreover, Andy watched, and when the pairs halted he made the pinto weave.

  • He leaned over the saddle and spurred the pinto into his racing gait.

  • Well, the boy runs his eye over the bunch, and then picks the pinto right off.

British Dictionary definitions for pinto



marked with patches of white; piebald

noun plural -tos

a pinto horse

Word Origin for pinto

C19: from American Spanish (originally: painted, spotted), ultimately from Latin pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for pinto

1860, "a horse marked black and white," from American Spanish pinto, literally "painted, spotted," from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *pinctus, variant of Latin pictus "painted," past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)). Pinto bean is attested from 1916, so called for its markings.

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