[ tey-hah-noh, tuh‐ ]
/ teɪˈhɑ noʊ, tə‐ /


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.
(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.



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Origin of Tejano

American Spanish: literally, “Texan,” from Tejas Texas + masculine adjective suffix -ano -an; def. 1 was first recorded in 1925–30; def. 2 was first recorded in 1975–80 .
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Example sentences from the Web for Tejano

  • We were drifting slowly forward as in a dream, with faraway Tejano music filling the air.

    My Night on the Border|Bryan Curtis|May 25, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • A Tejano, was his reflection—what should he know of the sword?

    The Lone Ranche|Captain Mayne Reid
  • The Tejano, in this case, took the law into his own hands, and severely chastised the jealous pelado.

    The War Trail|Mayne Reid
  • “Since you had the disposal of the Tejano prisoners, I can understand that,” returned the Dictator, with a significant shrug.

    The Free Lances|Mayne Reid