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[chi-kah-noh, -kan-oh] /tʃɪˈkɑ noʊ, -ˈkæn oʊ/
of or relating to Mexican-Americans or their culture.
noun, plural Chicanos.
a Mexican-American.
Compare la raza.
See also Chicana.
Origin of Chicano
1960-65; < Mexican Spanish, by shortening and alteration of mexicano Mexican Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nos
an American citizen of Mexican origin
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish mejicano Mexican
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Word Origin and History for chicanos



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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chicanos in Culture
Chicanos [(chi-kah-nohz)]

Mexican-Americans; short for the Spanish word mexicanos, which is sometimes pronounced mechicanos. In recent years, Latino and Latina have become more widely used to describe Hispanic-Americans in general.

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