- a person 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 mestizo
Examples from the Web for mestizo
He stopped not far from the boat of the mestizo, and listened.The Pearl of Lima
The mestizo had been to the fiesta as well as his master, and his keen eyes had been busy on that day.The White Chief
This, the rude skin sheiling which shelters the mestizo and mulatto.The Death Shot
The man himself is either of Spanish blood or a “mestizo” (half-breed).The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
Same when a mestizo buzzes close; you can have his topknot as much as you like.The Treasure of Pearls
- a person of mixed parentage, esp the offspring of a Spanish American and an American Indian
Word Origin and History for mestizo
1580s, from Spanish mestizo "of mixed European and Amerindian parentage," from Late Latin mixticius "mixed, mongrel," from Latin mixtus "mixed," past participle of miscere "to mix, mingle" (see mix (v.)). Fem. form mestiza is attested from 1580s.