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HIDALGO (a Spanish word, contracted from hijo d'algo or hijo de algo, son of something, or somewhat), originally a Spanish title of the lower nobility; the hidalgo being the lowest grade of nobility which was entitled to use the prefix " don." The term is now used generally to denote one of gentle birth. The Portuguese fidalgo has a similar history and meaning.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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