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  1. 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.
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  1. 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.
  2. Music. norteña.
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Origin of Tex-Mex

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; by shortening
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  1. 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



by 1914, from Texas + Mexico. An earlier noun for "Texan of Mexican background" was Texican (1863).

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