Definition of coyote in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkīˌōt/ /ˈkaɪˌoʊt/ /kīˈōdē/ /kaɪˈoʊdi/


  • 1A wild dog that resembles the wolf, native to North America.

    Canis latrans, family Canidae

    • ‘There are 36 species of Canidae, including dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals and foxes.’
    • ‘Other predators are red foxes, coyotes, wolves, bear, mountain lions, lynx, bobcats, eagles, and great horned owls.’
    • ‘Eagles, rattlesnakes, deer, pronghorn antelope, foxes, coyotes, and mountain lions roam the area.’
    • ‘Whitetail deer, coyote, red fox, snowshoe hare and raccoon often make appearances.’
    • ‘Today Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, home to pronghorns and prairie dogs, coyotes and rattlesnakes, is nearly a desert.’
    • ‘Their predators include great horned owls, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, and foxes, so wariness is in their blood.’
    • ‘Mating between eastern Canadian wolves, red wolves, and coyotes is possible, he said, because they share a common ancestor.’
    • ‘Major predators of the otter include sharks, killer whales, coyotes, brown bears and even eagles.’
    • ‘A mixed pack of coyotes and wild dogs had found the open gate.’
    • ‘Grizzly bears and bison were exterminated, and coyotes and prairie dogs were shot on sight and poisoned.’
    • ‘Adult red foxes may also be attacked by coyotes, wolves, or other predators, but this is rarely in order to eat them.’
    • ‘Sometimes falling prey, on land, to wolves and coyotes, the otter's principal enemies are humans.’
    • ‘Predators, such as coyotes, swift foxes, and skunks, are a major problem for ground nesting birds.’
    • ‘The virus is carried by a number of wild animals, including coyotes, foxes, and some wolves.’
    • ‘The red wolf is larger than a coyote and smaller than a gray wolf.’
    • ‘Wolves tend to eat larger prey, like elk - but coyotes prey on young antelope.’
    • ‘Also, coyotes were often observed hunting rodents in the cranberry bogs at the rendezvous site.’
    • ‘With a blink, his eyes adjusted and decided it was either a wild dog or a wolf or a coyote.’
    • ‘These animals clearly act like coyotes and not wolves.’
    • ‘Dogs and coyotes have been injured and even killed by llamas.’
  • 2North American informal A person who smuggles Latin Americans across the US border, typically for a high fee.

    ‘at the bus station, there were coyotes offering to drive us to Los Angeles’
    • ‘Over time I was also able to use non-American friends as coyotes to smuggle refills.’
    • ‘To get past the border guards, immigrants from Mexico hire smugglers - called coyotes - to guide them through crossing points.’
    • ‘His only choice was to travel to Tijuana and hire a coyote (immigrant smuggler) to take him across the border.’
    • ‘His remarks were typical of the government to attribute the death toll on the border to the coyotes.’
    • ‘The coyotes charge $5000 to bring somebody here from Honduras or Guatemala.’
    • ‘Once in Sasabe, the migrants will break up into smaller groups and head out with their coyotes along the many smuggler trails.’
    • ‘Daniel paid a coyote who took him to the hills near Mexicali with 20 others who waited for the right time to cross.’
    • ‘If the coyote (the smuggler) doesn't kill the immigrant, the desert or Border Patrol likely will.’
    • ‘And I started a smuggling unit to go after coyotes here.’
    • ‘As the government's operations grew more sophisticated, so did those of the smugglers, or coyotes.’
    • ‘He continued across the border with the help of coyotes.’
    • ‘After the law was passed, and border control was stepped up, the coyotes began to charge more money.’
    • ‘After crossing the border they were abandoned by coyotes or polleros, the smugglers who transported them into the US.’
    • ‘My brother and I were brought over by a coyote who took us to a remote location where we had to squirm under a fence and then run for dear life.’
    • ‘The coyotes and the bewildered souls kneeling in the headlights know that the border war cannot be fought like this forever.’
    • ‘In addition to prosecuting so-called coyotes, he also plans to charge the illegal aliens they smuggle with being co-conspirators.’
    • ‘A Denver television station recorded the coyotes transporting van loads of illegal aliens in broad daylight.’
    • ‘They are called coyotes, the men and women who offer to sneak illegal aliens across the border.’
    • ‘Sonia's husband, a coyote, relied on his borderland knowledge to track her after she fled across the border.’
    • ‘The busboy will be working long hours until he earns back the $2000 it cost in coyote fees to get across the border.’


Mid 18th century from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyotl.



/ˈkīˌōt/ /ˈkaɪˌoʊt/ /kīˈōdē/ /kaɪˈoʊdi/