Chicano



[chi-kah-noh, -kan-oh] /tʃɪˈkɑ noʊ, -ˈkæn oʊ/

noun, plural Chicanos.
1.
a Mexican-American.
adjective
2.
of or relating to Mexican-Americans or their culture.
/tʃɪˈkɑːnəʊ/
noun (pl) -nos
1.
an American citizen of Mexican origin
n.

1947, from Mexican Spanish dialectal pronunciation of Mexicano “Mexican,” with loss of initial unaccented syllable [Barnhart]. Said to have been in use among Mexican-Americans from c.1911. Probably influenced by Spanish chico “boy,” also used as a nickname. The adjective in English is attested by 1967. Fem. form is Chicana.

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