[me-stee-zuh, mi-]


a woman of mixed racial or ethnic ancestry, especially, in Latin America, of mixed American Indian and European descent or, in the Philippines, of mixed native and foreign descent.

Origin of mestiza

From Spanish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mestiza

Historical Examples of mestiza

  • From the spot where she lay the mestiza witnessed their greeting.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • This the mestiza saw, and it compelled her to pause and reflect how she was to get nearer.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • The mestiza girls are, as a rule, often of wonderful beauty.

    The Philippine Islands

    Ramon Reyes Lala

  • She is a mestiza, and thou art a child of the Church, though this following of gypsy wenches does not show it.

    On the Frontier

    Bret Harte

  • But white wives being difficult to obtain, mestiza maidens had generally to be accepted, or rather, taken in their stead.

    Mr. Fortescue

    William Westall