Also found in: Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


(kăb′ə-lâr′ō, -əl-yâr′ō, kä′bä-yĕ′rō)
n. pl. cab·al·le·ros
1. A Spanish gentleman; a cavalier.
2. A man who is skilled in riding and managing horses; a horseman.

[Spanish, from Late Latin caballārius, horse groom, from Latin caballus, horse; see cavalier.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˌkæbəˈljɛərəʊ; Spanish kaβaˈʎero)
n, pl -ros (-rəʊz; Spanish -ros)
1. a Spanish gentleman
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a southwestern US word for horseman
[C19: from Spanish: gentleman, horseman, from Late Latin caballārius rider, groom, from caballus horse; compare cavalier]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌkæb əlˈyɛər oʊ, -əˈlɛər oʊ)

n., pl. -ros.
1. a Spanish gentleman.
2. Southwestern U.S.
a. a horseman.
b. a woman's escort; cavalier.
[1740–50; < Sp < Late Latin caballārius groom; see cavalier]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
"It is indeed I," said the Spanish knight, speaking in the French tongue, "and I pray you to pass your sword through my heart, for how can I live--I, a caballero of Castile--after being dragged from my horse by the base hands of a common archer?"
But I am a caballero of Aragon, Don Sancho Penelosa, and, though I be no king, I am yet ready to pay a fitting price for my ransom."
He, seeing this grotesque figure clad in armour that did not match any more than his saddle, bridle, lance, buckler, or corselet, was not at all indisposed to join the damsels in their manifestations of amusement; but, in truth, standing in awe of such a complicated armament, he thought it best to speak him fairly, so he said, "Senor Caballero, if your worship wants lodging, bating the bed (for there is not one in the inn) there is plenty of everything else here." Don Quixote, observing the respectful bearing of the Alcaide of the fortress (for so innkeeper and inn seemed in his eyes), made answer, "Sir Castellan, for me anything will suffice, for
A Mexican horseman has much resemblance, in many points, to the equestrians of Old Spain; and especially to the vain-glorious caballero of Andalusia.
The young caballero has got real gold pieces in the belt he wears next his skin; and the man with the heavy moustaches and unbelieving eyes is indeed very much of a man.
"`Dime; no ves aquel caballero que hacia nosotros viene
He will make it hot for the caballeros. Well, good luck to him, poor devil!
Despite the independence natural to a girl who earned her own living, she had an innate love of the little services and finenesses; and, also, she remembered from her childhood the talk by the pioneer women of the courtesy and attendance of the caballeros of the Spanish-California days.
Apparently surprised by the high influx of new voters, Caballero said there were at least 1,000 registrants coming in, some arrived earlier than the office hours.
During the service of the warrant, police said the couple interfered with the arresting team and allowed Caballero to escape.
"The couple interfered, assaulted and prevented police officers from arresting Caballero," QCPD director Brig.
Caballero was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on June 26.