[tey-hah-noh, tuh‐]
  1. (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

1990–95; < American Spanish: literally, Texan
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Examples from the Web for tejano

Contemporary Examples of tejano

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

    The Daily Beast logo
    My Night on the Border

    Bryan Curtis

    May 25, 2010

Historical Examples of tejano

  • 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

Word Origin and History for tejano


"native or inhabitant of Texas," 1925, from American Spanish, formerly Texano "a Texan" (see Texas).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper