a Jew living in Spain or Portugal during the Spanish Inquisition who professed Christianity to escape death or persecution, often continuing to observe Judaism secretly: cf. converso
Origin of MarranoSp, literally , swine (expression of contempt) ; from Arabic mu?arram, forbidden thing
nounpl. Mar·ra·nos Offensive
Used as a disparaging term for a Converso.
Origin of MarranoSpanish, pig, Marrano (from the Jewish prohibition against eating pork), probably from Arabic ma&hlowdot;ram, something forbidden, from &hlowdot;arama, to forbid; see &xlowdot;rm in Semitic roots.
From Spanish marrano, of disputed origin. Perhaps a transferred use of marrano (“hog"), but many sources consider them distinct words.