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[me-stee-zoh, mi-] /mɛˈsti zoʊ, mɪ-/
noun, plural mestizos, mestizoes.
a person 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.
Origin of mestizo
1580-90; < Spanish, noun use of adj. mestizo < Vulgar Latin *mixtīcius mixed Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He stopped not far from the boat of the mestizo, and listened.

    The Pearl of Lima Jules Verne
  • The mestizo had been to the fiesta as well as his master, and his keen eyes had been busy on that day.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • This, the rude skin sheiling which shelters the mestizo and mulatto.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The man himself is either of Spanish blood or a “mestizo” (half-breed).

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Same when a mestizo buzzes close; you can have his topknot as much as you like.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • He is a mestizo; so the Indians would not mind such a marriage.

  • In South America a half-caste, a mestizo, is always counted as a white.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
  • She was a mestizo—not pure Indian, you know, but part Spanish.

    A Prairie Infanta Eva Wilder Brodhead
  • “Unless you give us what we ask,” replied a mestizo insolently.

  • The child, which was evidently dying of anæmia, was a mestizo.

    The Locusts' Years Mary Helen Fee
British Dictionary definitions for mestizo


/mɛˈstiːzəʊ; mɪ-/
noun (pl) -zos, -zoes
a person of mixed parentage, esp the offspring of a Spanish American and an American Indian
Derived Forms
mestiza (mɛˈstiːzə) noun:feminine
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for mestizo

1580s, from Spanish mestizo "of mixed European and Amerindian parentage," from Late Latin mixticius "mixed, mongrel," from Latin mixtus "mixed," past participle of miscere "to mix, mingle" (see mix (v.)). Fem. form mestiza is attested from 1580s.

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