cholo

[ choh-loh ]
/ ˈtʃoʊ loʊ /

noun, plural cho·los.Chiefly Southwestern U.S.

(especially among Mexican Americans) a teenage boy who is a member of a street gang.
Usually Disparaging. a term used to refer to a Mexican or Mexican American.
a mestizo of Spanish America.

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Origin of cholo

First recorded in 1850–55; from Mexican Spanish: “mestizo, peasant,” possibly a shortening of Cholollán (from Nahuatl Cholōllān, modern Cholula ), a city-state in pre-Columbian Mexico

usage note for cholo

When used of a Mexican or Mexican American, the term cholo usually refers disparagingly to an immigrant who is considered to be low-class and poorly educated. However, cholo is also a term of self-reference used by Mexican American youths.
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Example sentences from the Web for cholo

  • I trusted to an old 'Cholo' here; he said he'd stow me away where all creation couldn't find me.

    There She Blows!|William Hussey Macy

Medical definitions for cholo

cholo-

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Variant ofchole-
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