Te·​ja·​no tā-ˈhä-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce Tejano (audio)
plural Tejanos
often attributive
: a Texan of Hispanic descent
often used before another noun
[probably short for conjunto tejano, literally, Texan ensemble] : Tex-Mex popular music that combines elements of European waltzes and polkas, country music, and rock and that often features an accordion

Examples of Tejano in a Sentence

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, from Tejas Texas

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tejano was in 1958

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“Tejano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tejano. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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