raza

[rah-sah]

la raza

[lah-rah-sah]
noun (sometimes initial capital letters) Spanish.
  1. (used with a plural verb) Mexican Americans collectively.
  2. (used with a singular verb) Mexican-American culture.
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Raza

n.

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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