from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Spanish American of European, usually Spanish descent.
  • adj. Of or relating to a criollo or criollos.
  • adj. Indigenous to or characteristic of a Spanish-American country: criollo cattle; a criollo dish.

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  • n. cocoa of superior quality
  • n. a Spanish American of pure European stock (usually Spanish)


Spanish; see Creole.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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