See also: Caballero

English edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Spanish caballero. Doublet of cavalier.

Noun edit

caballero (plural caballeros or caballeroes)

  1. A horseman, particularly in the Latin American context
    • 2007 January 26, Roberta Smith, “Outside In”, in New York Times[1]:
      Here we usually find the caballero aiming his pistol in one direction while pointing his reined-in steed in another, as if ready to wheel and dash to safety.
  2. A Spanish gentleman.
  3. A Spanish line dance.

Spanish edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Late Latin caballārius, from Latin caballus. Equivalent to caballo +‎ -ero. Cognate with English cavalier.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): (most of Spain and Latin America) /kabaˈʝeɾo/ [ka.β̞aˈʝe.ɾo]
  • IPA(key): (rural northern Spain, Andes Mountains) /kabaˈʎeɾo/ [ka.β̞aˈʎe.ɾo]
  • IPA(key): (Buenos Aires and environs) /kabaˈʃeɾo/ [ka.β̞aˈʃe.ɾo]
  • IPA(key): (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) /kabaˈʒeɾo/ [ka.β̞aˈʒe.ɾo]

  • Rhymes: -eɾo
  • Syllabification: ca‧ba‧lle‧ro

Noun edit

caballero m (plural caballeros, feminine caballera, feminine plural caballeras)

  1. horseman
    Synonym: jinete
  2. knight; cavalier
  3. gentleman
    Synonym: señor
  4. (especially South America) cowboy
    Synonyms: vaquero, (Argentina) gaucho, (Mexico) charro, (Chile) huaso

Derived terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Portuguese: cavalheiro

See also edit

Further reading edit