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mestizo

[ me-stee-zoh, mi- ]
/ mɛˈsti zoʊ, mɪ- /
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noun, plural mes·ti·zos, mes·ti·zoes.
a person of mixed racial or ethnic ancestry, especially, in Latin America, of mixed Indigenous and European descent or, in the Philippines, of mixed Indigenous and foreign descent.See also mestiza.

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Origin of mestizo

First recorded in 1580–90; from Spanish, noun use of adjective mestizo, from Vulgar Latin mixtīcius (unrecorded) “mixed”

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British Dictionary definitions for mestizo

mestizo
/ (mɛˈstiːzəʊ, mɪ-) /

noun plural -zos or -zoes
a person of mixed parentage, esp the offspring of a Spanish American and an American Indian

Derived forms of mestizo

mestiza (mɛˈstiːzə), fem n

Word Origin for mestizo

C16: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin miscēre to mix
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