Chi·​ca·​no chi-ˈkä-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce Chicano (audio)
 also  shi-
plural Chicanos
: an American and especially a man or boy of Mexican descent
Chicano adjective

Examples of Chicano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council struggled to afford to keep its original location on Santa Fe Drive during the pandemic and moved its operations to Lakewood. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, The Denver Post, 12 June 2024 Shaken by the tension between her upbringing as a reverend’s daughter, and her increasing encounters with the supernatural, Garcia articulates these intuitive spells through mutable sonic contours, featuring the psych-rock touches of Chicano Batman members Carlos Arévalo and Eduardo Arenas. Suzy Exposito, SPIN, 6 June 2024 Through the roundtable and myriad other arenas, Garza advocated for Latino and Chicano representation in education, fought for restorative justice and for more equitable policing, and advocated for veterans’ affairs. Luis Melecio-Zambrano, The Mercury News, 6 June 2024 Santa Ana Move to Erase Chicano Gothic Mural Triggers Debate Emigdio Vasquez, a famed Chicano muralist, left his mark all over Orange County with over 30 murals in the area. Cerys Davies, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2024 The outdoor series kicks off Monday with Brooklyn soul/disco outfit Say She She, featuring vocalists Piya Malik (formerly of El Michels Affair and Chicano Batman), Sabrina Mileo Cunningham, and Nya Gazelle Brown. Randy McMullen, The Mercury News, 22 May 2024 Back then, activists wanted a Chicano Studies program, a community center and more Chicano students at the then-overwhelmingly white campus. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 The civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam War protests and the Chicano Movement championing Mexican-American identity all were taking place. Daniel Gonzalez, USA TODAY, 11 May 2024 Hernandez said the donations and any money made from them – Suavecito donated T-shirts for nonprofit Neutral Ground to sell at the Chicano Heritage Festival – did not go to his office, but were given directly to the nonprofits. Destiny Torres, Orange County Register, 10 May 2024

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, alteration of Spanish mexicano Mexican

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chicano was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Chicano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


Chi·​ca·​no chi-ˈkän-ō How to pronounce Chicano (audio)
: an American and especially a man or boy of Mexican ancestry
Chicano adjective

Mexican Spanish, an altered form of mexicano "Mexican"

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