One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Spanish-speaking regions) a gentleman.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Because Arab invaders did not vanquish the Basques, the Spanish Crown considered them hidalgos, or noblemen.’
- ‘Don Quixote is really an impoverished hidalgo named Alonso Quijano - or is it Quijada?’
- ‘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.’
Late 16th century: Spanish, from hijo de algo, literally ‘son of something’ (i.e. of an important person).
A state of southern Mexico; capital, Pachuca de Soto.
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