la raza

noun (sometimes initial capital letters) Spanish.
  1. (used with a plural verb) Mexican Americans collectively.
  2. (used with a singular verb) Mexican-American culture.


  1. la. (sometimes initial capital letters) Mexican Spanish. la raza. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Word Origin and History for la raza



in La Raza, literally "the race," 1964, from American Spanish (see race (n.2)), "designating the strong sense of racial and cultural identity held by Mexican-Americans" [OED].

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