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 show’s title is based on the word Chicano, an ethnic identity and culture associated with Mexican Americans who embrace their indigenous ancestry. Amanda Rosa, Miami Herald, 1 July 2024 Advertisement At the Cheech, art history is grounded in the Chicano experience — past, present and future. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2024 The Activist Students of 1960s East Los Angeles Over a week and a half starting on March 1st, 1968, more than 10,000 students in mostly Chicano schools took part in what became known as the East Los Angeles School Blowouts. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 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 See all Example Sentences for Chicano 

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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 Jul. 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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