Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small, often triangular piece of a tostada, topped with cheese and often chili-pepper sauce and broiled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A tortilla chip topped with cheese and often chili-pepper or beans and then broiled; -- eaten as a snack or light meal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A single tortilla chip from a dish of nachos.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a tortilla chip topped with cheese and chili-pepper and broiled

Etymologies

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

[From Nacho, nickname of Ignacio Anaya, the maître d'hôtel of a restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico, who invented them in 1943.]

Examples

  • Each nacho is its own entity (and that is key), with just enough toppings to give it flavor and a bit of heft but not enough to make it saggy or soggy.

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  • The state of the nacho is worse than I thought if someone whose family is from Piedras Negras never thought of them the "proper" way.

    Nachos 101 | Homesick Texan

  • Each nacho is its own entity (and that is key), with just enough toppings to give it flavor and a bit of heft but not enough to make it saggy or soggy.

    Nachos 101 | Homesick Texan

  • With the ring upon her finger, we got off the ride and got some wine coolers and soft pretzels and dipped them in nacho cheese while listening to the country-band-of-the-hour sing love songs in the shadow of the Cotton Bowl.

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  • Oh, and the "red bag doritos" are called nacho cheese!

    SNACK ATTACK!

  • Just to be totally clear, the women who ordered the "nacho" were officer's wives, from a nearby Air Force base.

    Nachos 101 | Homesick Texan

  • For me, and for every Texan, there is only one kind of nacho: the latter.

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  • For me, and for every Texan, there is only one kind of nacho: the latter.

    Nachos 101 | Homesick Texan

  • Last August, "nacho" del Valle was hit with an additional 45 years for the Atenco Resistance.

    Free the Atenco 13!

  • He said he made a play on the word "nacho," then told Small it was the punchline to an old joke that he couldn't remember.

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