Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In South America, the leading animal of a mule-train, usually distinguished by some head-ornament, chiefly by a bell dangling from the neck. In Spain the term is also used to designate the rope or leather band by which two mules are tied together; and for a wooden support in the shape of a pillar or column.
- n. An animal (usually an old mare), wearing a bell and acting as the leader of a troop of pack mules.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. S. America An animal (usually an old mare), wearing a bell and acting as the leader of a troop of pack mules.
- From Spanish (Wiktionary)
“Acting as "padrino" or "madrina" - Spanish for godfather and godmother - or sponsor, family or friends take on a range of responsibilities, providing and paying for parts of the festivities, including food, photos and the couple's clothing, said Araceli Ulloa, 19, of Los Angeles, whose family often helps couples in such ways.”
“She has been chosen as the "madrina" or "godmother" of the new Queen Elizabeth ship.”
“Consequently, I was invited to their homes for family parties, asked to stand up with one young worker at his high school graduation as the madrina, and was a witness at the wedding of two others.”
“Whether you live in Oaxaca or vacation here on a regular basis, if you've begun to integrate into the community, eventually you'll be asked to be a padrino or madrina (godparent) to an ahijado or ahijada (godchild), so you'd better familiarize yourself with "compadrazgo," or co-godparenthood.”
“I went to San Diego for a little over a week and was fortunate enough to see my cousin, una madrina, and my novio Ryan.”
“He just left the madrina standing by the highway and said he was taking Christina to a fiesta.”
“He would bring her back that night, and she was not to say anything or she, the madrina, would be sorry.”
“There may be a godmother of the invitations, a godfather of the rum or the beer, godparents of the bouquet, padrino of the music, madrina of the cake.”
“In the morning we found some thief had stolen one of our mules, and the bell of the madrina.”
“My companions were Mariano Gonzales, who had formerly accompanied me in Chile, and an "arriero," with his ten mules and a "madrina.”
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