Taíno

or Tai·no

[ tahy-noh ]
/ ˈtaɪ noʊ /

noun, plural Taí·nos, (especially collectively) Taí·no for 1.

a member of an indigenous Arawakan tribe of the Caribbean: the Taíno once dominated the populations of Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, but today the Taíno line survives as part of mixed ethnicity.
the Arawakan language spoken by the early Taíno people.

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Origin of Taíno

First recorded in 1835–40; from Taíno: literally, “the noble, men of the good”
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Example sentences from the Web for Taíno

  • He began his evening on the fourth floor of the Taino Towers - near 123rd and Lexington Ave - in what was dubbed the VIP room.

    Charlie Rangel Dances On|Gideon Resnick|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • He aimed at the historical attitude, and with some imitation of Taino's method and manner, he achieved it.

    The Quality of Mercy|W. D. Howells
  • This arrangement was called by the Taino Indians, a barbacoa from which we get the English equivalent, barbecue.

British Dictionary definitions for Taíno

Taino
/ (ˈtaɪnəʊ) /

noun

plural -nos or -no a member of an American Indian people of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas
the language of this people, belonging to the Arawakan family
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