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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.
1580-90; < Spanish, noun use of adj. mestizo < Vulgar Latin *mixtīcius mixed Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mestizo
  • Others say a mestizo in a country with a mixed-race majority is using race as a political tool.
  • The population also was a reflection of this mixture, referred to as mestizo.
  • Once, on a visit to the family village, she proclaimed to her grandfather that their family was mestizo.
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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