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A state in southern Mexico; capital, Pachuca de Soto.
(in Spanish-speaking regions) a gentleman.
- ‘Because Arab invaders did not vanquish the Basques, the Spanish Crown considered them hidalgos, or noblemen.’
- ‘The Spanish government faced a policy problem: how to insure a ‘decent’ standard of living to the Spanish hidalgos who were not supposed to work with their hands.’
- ‘The dissolution of the Jesuits also gave impetus to reformers in Charles III's Spain, where secondary schools, such as the Madrid seminary of the nobility, were created to educate the hidalgos.’
- ‘Don Pedro's arc moves him from proud hidalgo to magnificent obsessive, an all-macho embodiment of the extremes of empowerment, totally devoid of any self-doubt.’
- ‘Don Quixote is really an impoverished hidalgo named Alonso Quijano - or is it Quijada?’
Late 16th century: Spanish, from hijo de algo, literally son of something (i.e., of an important person).
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