[ lah-rah-sah ]
/ lɑˈrɑ sɑ /
noun (sometimes initial capital letters)Mexican Spanish.
(used with a plural verb) the people of Mexico or Mexican Americans, collectively.
(used with a singular verb) Mexican or Mexican American culture.
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Origin of la raza
First recorded in 1920–25; literally, “the race,” shortening of La raza cósmica “The Cosmic Race,” a 1925 essay by José Vasconcelos Calderón (1882–1959), Mexican writer, philosopher, and politician, in which Vasconcelos Calderón claims that a future worldwide community will develop from the mixture of all the racial and ethnic groups of the world, which he believed had begun in Latin America; from Spanish la, the feminine singular definite article + raza race2
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