Gringo definition

grĭnggō
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In Latin America, a foreigner, esp. an American or Englishman.
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A foreigner in Latin America, especially an American or English person.
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(slang, often pejorative, in Latin America) A foreigner of Northern European phenotype.
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Noun

Singular:
gringo
Plural:
gringoes, gringos

Origin of gringo

  • American Spanish from Spanish foreigner, especially an English-speaking foreigner, with a poor Spanish accent possibly alteration of griego Greek from Latin Graecus Greek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish gringo, from griego (“Greek”), used for anyone who spoke an unintelligible language.

    From Wiktionary