- (sabanero [saßanero] < sabana, of Taino origin plus the suffix -ero, in this case, 'pertaining to' or 'from')Watts: 1850-1900.A herder of animals or a packer or muleteer. Watts indicates that savanero was used originally as a loose term for a plainsman. In Spanish sources, it denotes a person who lives on a plain or one who herds or cares for a herd of livestock on a plain.
Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. Robert N. Smead. 2013.