[ tey-hah-noh, tuh‐ ]

  1. a Texas native or resident of Mexican or Mexican American birth or descent: The author’s newest short stories focus on a network of relationships between Tejanos and Anglos in a fictional Texas town.

  2. (often lowercase) a style of Mexican American popular music that features the accordion and blends the polka with various forms of traditional Mexican music, now often including synthesizers and rock music.

Origin of Tejano

From Spanish (Mexico, Texas): literally, “Texan,” from Tejas Texas + masculine adjective suffix -ano (see -an); def. 1 was first recorded in 1925–30; def. 2 was first recorded in 1975–80

Words Nearby Tejano

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How to use Tejano in a sentence

  • The Tejano, in this case, took the law into his own hands, and severely chastised the jealous pelado.

    The War Trail | Mayne Reid
  • A Tejano, was his reflection—what should he know of the sword?

    The Lone Ranche | Captain Mayne Reid