Definition of Penitente in English:

Penitente

noun

  • 1A member of a religious society of flagellants in the south-western United States, which flourished primarily in the 19th cent.

  • 2Physical Geography. With lower-case initial. = "penitent".

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Spanish penitente penitent, also in transferred use in sense 2, apparently on account of the resemblance of the peak to a penitent's cowl from classical Latin penitent-, penitēns.

Pronunciation

Penitente

/ˌpɛnɪˈtɛnteɪ/