Chi·​ca·​na chi-ˈkä-nə How to pronounce Chicana (audio)
 also  shi-
: an American woman or girl of Mexican descent
Chicana adjective

Examples of Chicana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web News vans parked across the City Hall steps next to Gloria Molina Grand Park, named after the late Chicana political powerhouse. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2024 Identifying mostly as Chicana and Latinx, the Mamis are intergenerational, ranging from 18 to 66 years old. Kamren Curiel, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2024 But what’s happening right now in Southern California isn’t any of that, said Cal State Fullerton Chicana and Chicano Studies professor Alexandro Jose Gradilla. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The final exhibition before the pandemic was a retrospective of the late Chicana feminist artist Yolanda López, who was raised in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 In the United States, California has always held promises of self-reinvention, and Hernández brings Chicana feminism into the enterprise. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Her decades-long career celebrates the history of the Latino community in Arizona and the greater Southwest region in addition to paving the way at the university for its Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies program. The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2024 In the spirit of Lent and the season of love, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is hosting a special cooking class taught by award-winning East L.A. recipe developer Nicole Presley, who puts a Chicana twist on chiles rellenos. Kamren Curiel, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The rain did not keep Stevie Ruiz, a Cal State Northridge professor in the Chicana and Chicano studies department, from protesting. Debbie Truong, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, feminine of chicano

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chicana was in 1967

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“Chicana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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