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n. pl. ta·cos
A corn tortilla folded around a filling such as ground meat or cheese.

[Mexican Spanish (perhaps originally in tacos de minero, "miner's plugs," tacos made from tortillas wrapped around a simple filling and briefly fried, such tacos being so called because of their resemblance to the explosive charges, consisting of gunpowder in a paper wrapper, that were plugged into the rock face by Mexican silver miners), from Spanish taco, plug, wad; akin to Italian tacco, chock, wedge, perhaps of Germanic origin and akin to Old English staca, stake.]


n, pl -cos
(Cookery) Mexican cookery a tortilla folded into a roll with a filling and usually fried
[from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish: literally, a snack, a bite to eat]


(ˈtɑ koʊ)

n., pl. -cos.
a usu. crisply fried tortilla folded over and filled, as with seasoned chopped meat, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, and hot sauce.
[1930–35; < Mexican Spanish]


A filled tortilla, usually fried.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taco - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Mexican descent
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Mexican - a native or inhabitant of Mexico
2.taco - a tortilla rolled cupped around a filling
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
chicken taco - a taco with a chicken filling
Mexico, United Mexican States - a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810


[ˈtækəʊ] ntaco m
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