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[chi-kah-noh, -kan-oh]
  1. of or relating to Mexican-Americans or their culture.
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noun, plural Chi·ca·nos.
  1. a Mexican-American.
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Compare la raza.See also Chicana.

Origin of Chicano

1960–65; < Mexican Spanish, by shortening and alteration of mexicano Mexican
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  • Chicano rights, rights for disabled people, the whole tradition of civil liberties was created or strengthened by these people.

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British Dictionary definitions for chicano


noun plural -nos
  1. an American citizen of Mexican origin
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Word Origin

C20: from Spanish mejicano Mexican
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Word Origin and History for chicano



1947, from Mexican Spanish dialectal pronunciation of Mexicano "Mexican," with loss of initial unaccented syllable [Barnhart]. Said to have been in use among Mexican-Americans from c.1911. Probably influenced by Spanish chico "boy," also used as a nickname. The adjective in English is attested by 1967. Fem. form is Chicana.

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