Spanish words

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aficionado

devoted follower of some sport or art; fan; devotee

caballero

1. gentleman; gallant; cavalier
2. horseman

caudillo

military dictator in Spanish-speaking countries

Chicano

American of Mexican descent

conquistador

conqueror

desperado

bold, dangerous criminal

duenna

elderly woman chaperon of a young lady; governess

dulcinea

sweetheart; inamorata

gaucho

South American cowboy

grandee

1. nobleman of the highest rank
2. person of eminence

guerilla

fighter in an irregular military unit engaging in sabotage and harassment

hidalgo

member of the minor nobility

junta

1. council for legislation or administration
2. group of military officers controlling a government after a coup d' etat
3. junto

junto

group of person joined for a common purpose; clique; group of plotters; faction; cabal

Latina

Latin American

macho

man exhibiting machismo

matador

bullfighter assigned to kill the bull

mestizo

person of mixed American Indian and European ancestry

peon

1. unskilled worker, landless laborer
2. worker kept in servitude to repay a debt

picado

rider on horseback in a bullfight who lances the bull to weaken its neck and shoulder muscles

picaro

adventurer; rogue; vagabond; wanderer

renegade

traitor; turncoat; deserter; defector; apostate

señor

Spanish or Spanish-speaking man; gentleman; Mr.; Sir

señora

married Spanish or Spanish-speaking woman; lady; Mrs.; Madam

señorita

unmarried Spanish or Spanish-speaking woman; young lady; girl; Miss

stevedore

one who loads or unloads ships

toreador

bullfighter

vaquero

herdsman; cowboy; buckaroo

aramada

flet of warships

bravado

pretense of bravery

cargo

goods transported by a ship, place, etc.; freight

comradery

friendship, rapport, and good will, as among fellow soldiers, camaraderie

El Dorado

fabulously rich land that 16th-century explorers dreamt of; place of fabulous abundance, wealth, or opportunity

embarcadero

landing place; wharf; quay

embargo

prohibition

escapade

daring or unconventional act; adventure; caper; prank

flotilla

small fleet; fleet of small vessels

galleon

large sailing ship used in war and trade

incommunicado

deprived of communication with others, as a prisoner held

key

low island or reef, often of coral

squad

small military unit; team; small group formed for a joint effort

adobe

1. brick of sun-dried clay and straw
2. structure made of such bricks

arroyo

1. water-carved, often dry, gully
2. brook; creek

bonanza

1. large and rich mine
2. source yielding an often unexpectedly rich return

bronco

wild or half-wild horse

burro

small donkey used as a pack animal

calaboose

jail, especially a local one

canyon

deep narrow valley with steep walls, often with water flowing through it

hacienda

1. large estate or ranch; plantation
2. main house on such an estate

mesa

flat-topped rocky hill with steep sides

mustang

bronco

pueblo

1. Native American village or southwestern U.S.
2. communal dwelling of adobe or stone in such a village

sierra

mountain range having an irregular or serrated outline

sombrero

broad-rimmed, high-crowned hat of felt or straw

stampede

sudden, wild, headlong rush

bodega

grocery store; wineshop

bolero

1. Spanish dance with sharp turns, stamping, and sudden pauses with one arm arched over the head; music in 3/4 time for this dance
2. loose waist-length jacket worn open at the front

cabana

cabin-like shelter at a beach or pool

cafeteria

self-service or counter-service restaurant; offering that invites consumers to make varied choices

castanets

hand instruments clicked together to accompany music or dancing

fiesta

saint's day celebrated with processions and dances; festival; holiday

olla podrida

highly seasoned meat-and-vegtable stew

patio

paved outdoor dining or lounging area adjacent to a house; inner courtyard open to the sky

pimento

thick-fleshed pepper used for stuffing olives and as a source of paprika

ceviche

appetizer of raw fish marinated in lime or lemon juice

siesta

rest or nap usually after the midday meal

barrio

Spanish-speaking neighborhood

indigo

blue dye

mañana

tomorrow; the indefinite future

mantilla

1. woman's light scarf worn over the head and shoulders
2. short cloak or cape

olio

mixture; hodgepodge; medley; olla podrida

pampa

vast, treeless, grassy plain, especially in Argentina; prairie

peccadillo

slight offense; small fault

poncho

1. blanket-like cloak with a slit in the middle for the head
2. waterproofed and hooded raincoat of similar shape

temblor

earthquake

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