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[me-stee-zuh, mi-] /mɛˈsti zə, mɪ-/
a woman of mixed racial or ethnic ancestry, especially, in Latin America, of mixed American Indian and European descent or, in the Philippines, of mixed native and foreign descent.
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From Spanish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This the mestiza saw, and it compelled her to pause and reflect how she was to get nearer.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • From the spot where she lay the mestiza witnessed their greeting.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The mestiza girls are, as a rule, often of wonderful beauty.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • She is a mestiza, and thou art a child of the Church, though this following of gypsy wenches does not show it.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • But white wives being difficult to obtain, mestiza maidens had generally to be accepted, or rather, taken in their stead.

    Mr. Fortescue

    William Westall
  • The mestiza, as well as the Indians, are mostly ignorant in book-knowledge, only about sixteen per cent.

  • The beautiful young lady of the house, in a mestiza gown4 and a cascade of diamonds, was as ever the queen of the feast.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • She was a mestiza, or half-blood, of Indian and Spanish mixture, as her brownish-white skin testified.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • Whatever truth there was in the last part of her harangue, the mestiza knew that its earlier declarations were true enough.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • Very seldom, indeed, does a native Indian or mestiza beauty sport the same saya for two gala days consecutively.

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