[ ri-boh-soh, -zoh; Spanish re-baw-thaw, -saw ]

noun,plural re·bo·zos [ri-boh-sohz, -zohz; Spanish re-baw-thaws, -saws]. /rɪˈboʊ soʊz, -zoʊz; Spanish rɛˈβɔ θɔs, -sɔs/.
  1. a long woven scarf, often of fine material, worn over the head and shoulders by Spanish and Mexican women.

Origin of rebozo

First recorded in 1800–10; from Spanish: “scarf, shawl,” equivalent to re- “again; again and again” + bozo “muzzle”; see re-

Words Nearby rebozo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rebozo in a sentence

  • Give the man credit for coming up with a con that would make Bebe rebozo blush.

  • The rebozo is a long broad scarf, generally blue, worn by every woman over her head, instead of hat or bonnet.

    Mexico | Susan Hale
  • Although this woman was tapada—that is to say, her features were completely hidden by a rebozo—the count recognised her at once.

    The Indian Chief | Gustave Aimard
  • But as Mendoza glanced down at her she placed the rebozo over one arm as if she expected to rise.

  • They carry the baby on the back, wound in the rebozo, with its bare legs straddling her and sticking out.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) | Frederick Starr
  • In a few minutes the woman returned, and, drawing a small flask out of the folds of her rebozo, handed it to Chane.

    The Rifle Rangers | Captain Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for rebozo


/ (rɪˈbəʊzəʊ, Spanish reˈβoθo) /

nounplural -zos (-zəʊz, Spanish -θos)
  1. a long wool or linen scarf covering the shoulders and head, worn by Latin American women

Origin of rebozo

C19: from Spanish: shawl, from rebozar to muffle

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