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[lah-rah-sah] /lɑˈrɑ sɑ/

noun, (sometimes initial capital letters) Spanish.
(used with a plural verb) Mexican Americans collectively.
(used with a singular verb) Mexican-American culture.
[rah-sah] /ˈrɑ sɑ/
la, (sometimes initial capital letters) Mexican Spanish. .

in La Raza, literally “the race,” 1964, from American Spanish (see race (n.2)), “designating the strong sense of racial and cultural identity held by Mexican-Americans” [OED].


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