Cordel has multiple meanings in Portuguese:
- Cordel literature, or "string literature", a kind of popular and cheap printed booklets containing novels, poems and letters of songs, which are produced and sold in fairs and by sidestreet vendors in Northeast Brazil. So named because they are hanged from strings in order to display them to potential clients;
- cordel, a unit of length and one of a number of obsolete Spanish and Portuguese units of measurement; and
- Cordel Do Fogo Encantado, a popular band from Pernambuco, Brazil.
Cordel also means "God's warrior" in Spain
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