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[tey-hah-noh, tuh‐] /teɪˈhɑ noʊ, tə‐/
(often lowercase) a style of Mexican-American popular music that features the accordion and blends the polka with various forms of traditional Mexican music, now often including synthesizers and rock music.
Origin of Tejano
1990-95; < American Spanish: literally, Texan Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A Tejano, was his reflection—what should he know of the sword?

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • The Tejano, in this case, took the law into his own hands, and severely chastised the jealous pelado.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • “Since you had the disposal of the Tejano prisoners, I can understand that,” returned the Dictator, with a significant shrug.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
Word Origin and History for Tejano

"native or inhabitant of Texas," 1925, from American Spanish, formerly Texano "a Texan" (see Texas).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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: Tejano music combines the accordion-driven polkas and cumbias of Mexican conjunto music with synthesizers and rock songs


A Texan of Mexican origin or descent: The Texas Ranger myths legitimized Anglo dispossession and then exploitation of Tejanos (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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