Definition of palomino in English:



  • 1A pale golden or tan-coloured horse or pony with a white mane and tail, originally bred in the south-western US.

    • ‘Arabs were the most beautiful, especially palominos, with golden bodies and silver hair,’
    • ‘Like any event where you get a mixture of breeds, there were paints, sorrels, bays and palominos… almost anything you could want!’
    • ‘Some were white, like Mystic, then there were ones that were black, chestnut, some were like palominos, and others were gray.’
    • ‘The horse was a beautiful palomino, part Arab, golden body, silver mane and tail and eye catching white markings on the legs and face.’
    • ‘So when it came time to teach Penny, my palomino Quarter horse filly, how to neck rein, I turned to Patty for some advice.’
    • ‘He was a palomino with a golden coat, a white blaze, four white stockings, and a cream mane and tail.’
    • ‘She yelled, descending down the steps of the caravan, grabbing the reins of Yew, the palomino horse, who was snorting and stamping nervously.’
    • ‘She jumped onto the palomino horse's back, clicking softly to it.’
    • ‘Carys, the other mare, was a palomino, so light in color she was almost white.’
    • ‘A man sat atop of a magnificent palomino stallion, the stallion's mane blowing in the new morning's wind.’
    • ‘A palomino mare stood beside her, her creamy mane and tail braided with a pale blue that matched her companion's eyes.’
    • ‘That the palomino was a mare was blatant enough, though she couldn't have pointed to one specific thing.’
    • ‘He started breeding his own horses and combined his penchant for the palomino coloring with his choice of horse breeds.’
    • ‘Lucas watched Dairkenneth gently lift her by the waist onto a palomino that was standing by a brown horse.’
    • ‘The palomino horse was breathing heavily with all the running, and he deserved rest.’
    • ‘They were grooming a palomino, quiffing up his mane and tying it with a red ribbon.’
    • ‘Charlie left town on his roan with the palomino and a donkey laden down with supplies.’
    • ‘And no one noticed a dainty palomino and a fierce black stallion riding away into the darkness…’
    • ‘He let out a piercing whistle, and a marvelously colored palomino stepped out from the trees.’
    • ‘A 14-year-old palomino gelding died after it was charged by a stallion while the horses were being unloaded from a train.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A pale golden-brown colour.
      • ‘They perfectly resembled a horse's, and they were of palomino coloring.’
      • ‘The attractive Palomino color provides the elegance of a sculptured casting.’
      • ‘This can be made in any natural cowhide colors including, two tone, black & white, zebra, palomino or any dyed colors.’
  • 2mass noun A variety of white grape used to make sherry and fortified wines.

    ‘Palomino is a white grape widely grown in Spain and South Africa, and best known for its use in the manufacture of sherry.’
    ‘Best known to sherry producers in the Jerez region of Spain, Palomino seems to struggle when planted outside of that country.’


Early 20th century from Latin American Spanish, from Spanish palomino ‘young pigeon’, from Latin palumbinus ‘resembling a dove’.