Meaning of pilón in English:


(also pelon, pilon, pilone)

Pronunciation /ˈpɪlɒn/


dialect US
  • In Mexico and the south-western United States: a small gift given to a customer who is making a purchase or settling an account; the action of giving such a gift.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Harper's Magazine. From Mexican Spanish pilón (probably 1816), specific sense development of Spanish pilón sugar-loaf (more fully pilón de azúcar; so called on account of its conical shape) from pila + -ón.