1838, "South American fox-wolf," from Spanish zorro, masc. of zorra "fox," from Basque azaria "fox." The comic book hero, a variation on the Robin Hood theme set in old Spanish California, was created 1919 by U.S. writer Johnston McCulley (1883-1958).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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Contemporary Examples of zorro

Historical Examples of zorro

  • In most parts where the Spanish language is spoken, it is known as the “zorro negro,” or black fox.

  • That something was our good friend Reynard—Zorro they style him out here—whose proverbial cunning exceeds all other cunnings.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

  • I might have fancied so, had I not heard a sharp crack from behind, and seen that the arm of El Zorro was broken by a shot!

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid