- of or relating to aspects of culture that combine Mexican and Texan or southwestern U.S. features, especially aspects of culture developed in southern Texas based on or influenced by Mexican elements: Tex-Mex cooking; Tex-Mex music.
- a form of Mexican Spanish having elements of English and spoken near the border of Texas and Mexico, especially Mexican Spanish as spoken in Texas.
- Music. norteña.
Origin of Tex-Mex
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for tex-mex
Those are fighting words in a nearly half-Latino city where Tex-Mex restaurants outnumber all others.Foodie Heaven in Houston
July 10, 2014
In fact, quite the opposite—I suspect that my own experience epitomizes, in miniature, the Tex-Mex revival as a whole.
Texas expats wax rhapsodic about the Tex-Mex food of their youth.
Ultimately, the current Tex-Mex revival is too specific, too local, and too personal to change the way America eats.
None of this means that Tex-Mex is set to take over the world (again).
- of, relating to, or denoting the Texan version of something Mexican, such as music, food, or language
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Word Origin and History for tex-mex
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