[ nawr-teyn-yuh; Spanish nawr-te-nyah ]
/ nɔrˈteɪn yə; Spanish nɔrˈtɛ nyɑ /


a lively, polkalike folk music chiefly of southern Texas and northern Mexico, usually with Spanish lyrics and played on accordion and 12-string guitar, sometimes with fiddle and saxophone.
Also nor·te·no [nawr-teyn-yoh] /nɔrˈteɪn yoʊ/.

Origin of norteña

< American Spanish; Spanish: feminine of norteño northern(er), equivalent to nort(e) north + -eño adj. suffix (see Madrileño)
Also called Tex-Mex. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019