[alsom-] 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 mahram something forbidden from harama to forbid &xlowdot;rm
From Spanish marrano, of disputed origin. Perhaps a transferred use of marrano (“hog"), but many sources consider them distinct words.