Definition of carabinero in US English:


nounPlural carabineros

  • A Spanish or South American frontier guard or customs officer.

    • ‘Before I went down the carabinero explained that the mine up the road about 20 k had had one of its sheds robbed of dynamite.’
    • ‘September 9, 1973 Altamirano makes inflammatory speech; Junior carabinero generals favor coup; Merino, Leigh, and Pinochet all sign agreement to launch coup on 11 th.’
    • ‘Last time the carabineros came, on July 28, 2004, Jorge tried to defend me when they started insulting me.’
    • ‘The driver, as it happened, was a captain of the carabineros, and he was very unhappy with the traffic backup.’
    • ‘At that moment some of those interned tried to escape, among them Esteban Edison Tepano Pakarati, 19, who was shot in the region of the thorax by the carabinero who made use of his fire arm.’
    • ‘In his very funny portrayal of the scene - the carabineros turn up with a giant water cannon which the locals call The Spitting Lama - he gives a horrific eyewitness account of an old woman being beaten up.’
    • ‘Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, while claiming to support the right to protest, ordered the mobilization of the ‘carabineros.’’
    • ‘The other carabinero jumped for me, but stepped into a wide swing that tumbled him into the canal.’
    • ‘Visitors were directed to carabineros of their gender, which was a thoughtful gesture.’


Spanish, literally ‘soldier armed with a carbine’.