Definition of Marielito in English:

Marielito

noun

US
  • Any of the tens of thousands of Cuban refugees who sailed from Mariel to Florida in 1980 as a result of a temporary relaxation of emigration restrictions by the Cuban government.

Origin

1980s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From American Spanish marielito from Mariel, the name of a Cuban port + -ito.

Pronunciation

Marielito

/ˌmarɪəˈliːtəʊ/