cholo

cholo

[choh-loh]
noun, plural cholos. Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
1.
(especially among Mexican-Americans) a teenage boy who is a member of a street gang.
2.
Usually Disparaging. a term used to refer to a Mexican or Mexican-American.
3.
a mestizo of Spanish America.

Origin:
1850–55; < Mexican Spanish: mestizo, peasant, allegedly shortening of Cholollán (< Nahuatl Cholōllān, modern Cholula), a city-state in pre-conquest Mexico


When used of a Mexican or Mexican-American, the term cholo usually refers to an immigrant who is considered to be low-class and inferior. However, cholo is also a term of self-reference used by Mexican-American youths.
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Main Entry:  cholo
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  mestizo or lower-class Mexican or Latin American
Usage:  derogatory; feminine is chola
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Cholo
"Indian or mixed-race person of Latin America," 1851, from Amer.Sp. (1609), said to be from Nahuatl (Aztec) xolotl "dog, mutt." Proposed derivation from Mexican city of Cholula seems too late, if this is the same word. In U.S., used of lower-class Mexican immigrants, but by 1970s the word began to be
embraced in Latino gang slang in a positive sense.
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