Mes·​ca·​le·​ro ˌme-skə-ˈler-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce Mescalero (audio)
plural Mescalero or Mescaleros
: a member of an Apache people of Texas and New Mexico

Examples of Mescalero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The victim was hanging out at his friend’s house on Mescalero Apache land in May 2022 when Dennett Jerome Chee, a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, and another man came over, according to a March 26 news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico. Paloma Chavez, Sacramento Bee, 27 Mar. 2024 The region was settled in the 1860s by Spanish settlers who warred with the area's original stewards, the Mescalero Apache, who still live nearby. Abe Streep, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 Hispanics and Mescalero Apache tribal members in New Mexico claim that the Trinity Test resulted in health problems for generations of those living near the site and are seeking compensation from the Federal government. Emma Specter, Vogue, 22 July 2023 According to the park, prehistoric Native peoples lived in the Guadalupe Mountains between 12,000 to 14,000 years ago and Mescalero Apache arrived in the area in around 1400. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 24 June 2023 Credits from the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s project were sold to PG&E, Chevron and a company that drills for oil in Kern County, California, according to the latest figures available. ProPublica, 4 May 2021 Crabb, who’s of Mescalero Apache and Irish descent but isn’t a member of the New Mexican tribe, had an unstable life as a youth. Elaine Ayala,, 5 Jan. 2021

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Word History


American Spanish, from mezcal, mescal maguey, mescal liquor

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mescalero was in 1831

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“Mescalero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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