Definition of carabinero in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkarəbəˈne(ə)rō//ˌkär-/


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

    • ‘The other carabinero jumped for me, but stepped into a wide swing that tumbled him into the canal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The driver, as it happened, was a captain of the carabineros, and he was very unhappy with the traffic backup.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, while claiming to support the right to protest, ordered the mobilization of the ‘carabineros.’’
    • ‘Last time the carabineros came, on July 28, 2004, Jorge tried to defend me when they started insulting me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Visitors were directed to carabineros of their gender, which was a thoughtful gesture.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: Spanish, literally soldier armed with a carbine.