[ choh-loh ]
/ ˈtʃoʊ loʊ /
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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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Variant ofchole-
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