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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]
References in classic literature ?
They belonged mostly to that class of realistic fiction which is called picaresque, from the Spanish word 'picaro,' a rogue, because it began in Spain with the 'Lazarillo de Tormes' of Diego de Mendoza, in 1553, and because its heroes are knavish serving-boys or similar characters whose unprincipled tricks and exploits formed the substance of the stories.
Como bien advierte Michel Cavillac, en la Ortografia castellana su autor habla sin mascaras al lector y se presenta como un "abogado de la modernidad y profeta de la razon" (Picaros y mercaderes 75).
Despite this valuable work, however, we are left to wonder whether the "quest for justice and the endurance of practical jokes," as Welsh puts it, might also be picaresque qualities; or, in light of Bannet's analysis, whether picaras and picaros are as mimetic as quixotes; or whether texts that take Don Quixote as a "significant ...
La leccion resulta en que es imposible medrar sin participar de las infamias y la lisonja de los circulos cortesanos en los que los picaros de inicios del XVII, como Guzman y Pablos, cortesanos fracasados, deben inscribirse a toda costa para sobrevivir.
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.