Nu·​yo·​ri·​can ˌnü-yȯr-ˈrē-kən How to pronounce Nuyorican (audio)
: a person of Puerto Rican birth or descent who is a current or former resident of New York City
Nuyorican adjective

Examples of Nuyorican in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film will be released on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide, while Nuyorican/BMG will distribute the album. Carita Rizzo, Rolling Stone, 27 Nov. 2023 Salsa on the Square: Nuyorican LF, Chevere LF, 7-10 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 30 July 2023 Originally from Oklahoma, McPherson moved to New York City and discovered his interest in poetry after a roommate had brought him to the Nuyorican Poets Café to perform. Gia Yetikyel, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2021 Miguel Algarín and Miguel Piñero of the Nuyorican Poets Café, which lent spiritual support to the show during its New York run. Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2023 Browne is also an award-winning performance poet who has released five LPs of her work and served for 13 years as the Friday Night Slam curator and Poetry Program director at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in Lower Manhattan. Elizabeth Lund, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History


blend of American Spanish nuyorquino New Yorker and English Puerto Rican

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nuyorican was in 1974

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“Nuyorican.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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