[ chi-kah-noh, -kan-oh ]
/ tʃɪˈkɑ noʊ, -ˈkæn oʊ /
of or relating to Mexican-Americans or their culture.
noun, plural Chi·ca·nos.
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Origin of Chicano
1960–65; < Mexican Spanish, by shortening and alteration of mexicano Mexican
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British Dictionary definitions for chicanos
/ (tʃɪˈkɑːnəʊ) /
noun plural -nos
an American citizen of Mexican origin
Word Origin for chicano
C20: from Spanish mejicano Mexican
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Cultural definitions for chicanos
[ (chi-kah-nohz) ]
Mexican-Americans; short for the Spanish word mexicanos, which is sometimes pronounced mechicanos. In recent years, Latino and Latina have become more widely used to describe Hispanic-Americans in general.
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