mestizo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish mestizo, from Late Latin mixticius, from Latin mixtus (mixed). Doublet of metis, which came from French.

Noun[edit]

mestizo (plural mestizos or mestizoes)

  1. A person of mixed ancestry, especially one of Spanish and Native American heritage.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin mixticĭus, from Latin mixtus (mixed). Cognate to Portuguese mestiço, French métis.

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Adjective[edit]

mestizo (feminine singular mestiza, masculine plural mestizos, feminine plural mestizas)

  1. Of mixed, Spanish and Native American heritage
  2. also of mixed indigenous (aboriginal) and colonial (European) descent

Noun[edit]

mestizo m (plural mestizos, feminine mestiza)

  1. A person of mixed Spanish and Native American heritage
  2. A person whose ethnic heritage is of both aboriginal and colonial descent

Synonyms[edit]

  • (person of mixed Caucasoid and Amerindian descent who lives in the Americas): ladino, cholo
  • (person of mixed Caucasoid and Amerindian descent who lives in Spain): Panchito and Sudaca - used in a derogatory and discriminatory way instead of Latino.

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