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