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[me-stee-zoh, mi-] /mɛˈsti zoʊ, mɪ-/
noun, plural mestizos, mestizoes.
a person of mixed racial or ethnic ancestry, especially, in Latin America, of mixed American Indian and European descent or, in the Philippines, of mixed native and foreign descent.
Origin of mestizo
1580-90; < Spanish, noun use of adj. mestizo < Vulgar Latin *mixtīcius mixed Unabridged
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  • You saw that Spanish mestizo go out through the sacristy in the midst of the sermon?

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • The mestizo had been to the fiesta as well as his master, and his keen eyes had been busy on that day.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The islands of which it is composed are innumerable, most of the larger ones having some Spanish or mestizo population.

  • Same when a mestizo buzzes close; you can have his topknot as much as you like.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • The mestizo, meanwhile, proudly held up his head, and scarcely looked at those of his own class.

    The Pearl of Lima Jules Verne
  • He is a mestizo; so the Indians would not mind such a marriage.

  • The population, Indian and mestizo only, up and about their tasks, were shivering a little in the chilly morning.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • In South America a half-caste, a mestizo, is always counted as a white.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
  • Then, the said penance being accomplished, he would be absolved by Domingo Diaz, a mestizo of infamous character.

  • She was a mestizo—not pure Indian, you know, but part Spanish.

    A Prairie Infanta Eva Wilder Brodhead
British Dictionary definitions for mestizo


/mɛˈstiːzəʊ; mɪ-/
noun (pl) -zos, -zoes
a person of mixed parentage, esp the offspring of a Spanish American and an American Indian
Derived Forms
mestiza (mɛˈstiːzə) noun:feminine
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for mestizo

1580s, from Spanish mestizo "of mixed European and Amerindian parentage," from Late Latin mixticius "mixed, mongrel," from Latin mixtus "mixed," past participle of miscere "to mix, mingle" (see mix (v.)). Fem. form mestiza is attested from 1580s.

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