a Spanish nobleman of secondary rank, below that of a grandee
Origin of hidalgoSp, contr. from hijo de algo, son of something from hijo, son ( from Classical Latin filius: see filial) + de, of + algo, something, possessions ( from Classical Latin aliquem)
state of central Mexico: 8,103 sq mi (20,987 sq km); cap. Pachuca
A member of the minor nobility in Spain.
Origin of hidalgoSpanish alteration of hijo dalgo from Old Spanish fijo dalgo fijo son ( from Latin fīlius ; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.) de of ( from Latin dē ; see de- . ) algo something, possession ( from Latin aliquō ) ( ablative of aliquid ) ( alius some ; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.) ( quid something ; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.)
(plural hidalgos or hidalgoes)
- A state of Mexico.
Named after the Mexican independence leader Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.