Spanish Loanwords
Language Resources

Spanish loanwords are Spanish words that have been integrated into the English language, whether due to popular culture, immigration, Spanish settlement of the Americas, the proximity of the US to the Mexican border, etc.

Spanish Loanwords in English

In English Meaning in Spanish

alligator
adobe
aficionado
armada
armadillo
barracuda
bodega
buckaroo
cafeteria
canyon
coyote
desperado
embargo
galleon
guerrilla
lasso
mosquito
oregano
patio
pronto
renegade
rodeo
vanilla
zorro

Florida
Colorado
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Montana
Nevada
Santa Fe

el lagarto (the lizard)
adobe (clay brick)
aficionado (fan)
armada (armed; Spanish navy)
armadillo (little armed one)
barracuda
bodega (cellar)
vaquero (cowboy)
cafetería (coffee shop)
cañón
coyote
desesperado (desperate)
embargo (ban)
galeón (type of ship)
guerrilla (little war; armed non-military group)
lazo (knot)
mosquito (little fly)
orégano
patio (courtyard)
pronto (soon, quick)
renegado (one who abandons his beliefs)
rodeo (from verb rodear = to go around)
vainilla
zorro (fox)

Florida (flowered)
Colorado (colored red)
Los Ángeles (the angels)
San Francisco (Saint Francis)
Montaña (mountain)
Nevada (snow-covered)
Santa Fe (holy faith)