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n. pl. pi·ca·ros (-rōz′, -rōs′)
1. A rogue or adventurer. Also called picaroon.
2. The main character in a picaresque work when that character is a man or boy.

[Spanish pícaro, perhaps from picar, to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccāre; see pique.]


(ˈpɪkərəʊ; ˈpiːk-)
n, pl -ros
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literature the main male character in a picaresque novel


(ˈpɪk əˌroʊ, ˈpi kə-)

n., pl. -ros.
a rogue or vagabond.
[1615–25; < Sp pícaro rogue]
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Si Malanga encarna la larga alcurnia de picaros espanoles, tambien representa la variante cubana de tal figura.
17) However, a morbid instability (libido currendi) had sent throngs of beggars, clerici vagantes, pilgrims, and craftsmen on the medieval roads, scattering picaros of all sorts to roam the world.
No se piense que el trovo mas baquico y carnavalesco surgia solo entre los juglares callejeros, esos que iban de pueblo en pueblo, entre los soldados y arrieros, picaros y vividores, omo los que aparecen en el libro al-Iqd al-Farid del cordobes Ahmad b.
Referencing 'Thomas Pughe, Henn also describes the two males as "wise fools" or "child-men" (7), two picaros who are each engaged in a search for "the perfect woman" (11).
Se trata no nada mas de "una llamada del Hombre Nuevo liberado de las costumbres y fueros de sus pasados" (Cavillac, Picaros y mercaderes 77) o de una "diatriba anticonvencional" (Rico 916), sino de la socavacion de los mas altos valores establecidos por la sociedad de aquel tiempo.
Her perspectives include theory of mind, social intelligence, and urban courtship drama; social intelligence and social climbing among picaros and cortesanos; contextualism, skepticism, and honor; contextualism and performance in Lope's Lo fingido verdadero; and cognition and reading in Don Quixote.
In late 20th century Latin America, a large segment of the population came to terms with becoming picaros and, to a greater or lesser degree, engage in activities associated with the black market economy.
Picaros, or rogues, are able to both satirize and negotiate hegemonic power structures at the same time.
Like the skilled storyteller Scheherezade, Serafina saves the lives of her fellow prisoners by entertaining the Governor with stories about beautiful maidens, such as Miranda, who, despite her white gown and gold slippers, experiences the change of her coach into a burro, and others about picaros, rascals who love to play tricks on people, and who, through their craftiness, connive their way into heaven.
It is not merely a poem of pilgrimage and encounter, for later historical pilgrims like Margerie Kempe and fictional ones, like those of Chaucer, and, perhaps especially, the picaros and rogues who make their way from the Renaissance to the novel are all the more themselves wherever they go.
Pilgrimage roads have always thronged with picaros, adventurers, and the merely curious, those who just want to see what all the fuss is about.