[ chi-kah-noh, -kan-oh ]
/ tʃɪˈkɑ noʊ, -ˈkæn oʊ /


of or relating to Mexican-Americans or their culture.

noun, plural Chi·ca·nos.

a Mexican-American.
Compare la raza. See also Chicana.

Origin of Chicano

1960–65; < Mexican Spanish, by shortening and alteration of mexicano Mexican Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chicanos


/ (tʃɪˈkɑːnəʊ) /

noun plural -nos

an American citizen of Mexican origin

Word Origin for chicano

C20: from Spanish mejicano Mexican
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chicanos



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture 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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