- (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.
Origin of cholo
Examples from the Web for cholo
Historical Examples of cholo
The cholo who took food to Perez and that German dog has brought me a message.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
Cholo was succeeded by Pinikahti, who was half Indian and half Mexican.Sixty Years in Southern California 1853-1913
The worst of all races in Peru is the offspring of the negro and the cholo.
The Cholo leads us into South America, where for the present; we leave it.Opuscula
Robert Gordon Latham
And when a cholo got his time and left the line, he showed him the way he was to go.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher
"Indian or mixed-race person of Latin America" (fem. Chola), 1851, from American Spanish (c.1600), said to be from Nahuatl (Aztec) xolotl "dog, mutt." Proposed derivation from Mexican city of Cholula seems too late, if this is the same word. In U.S., used of lower-class Mexican immigrants, but by 1970s the word began to be embraced in Latino gang slang in a positive sense.