Neorican

noun
Neo·​ri·​can | \ ¦nēō¦rēkən \
plural -s

Definition of Neorican

: a Puerto Rican who lives on the U.S. mainland or who has lived there but has returned to Puerto Rico

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First Known Use of Neorican

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Neorican

modification of American Spanish neorriqueño Puerto Rican living in New York City, blend of Spanish neoyorquino New Yorker, and puertorriqueño Puerto Rican

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“Neorican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Neorican. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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