cholo

noun
cho·​lo | \ˈchō-(ˌ)lō \
plural cholos

Definition of cholo 

1 Southwest, often disparaging : a man or boy of Mexican descent

2 : a Mexican-American youth who belongs to a street gang

First Known Use of cholo

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cholo

American Spanish, Europeanized Indian, mestizo

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cholo

Dictionary Entries near cholo

cholinesterase

cholla

choller

cholo

Choloepus

Cholon

Cholula

Statistics for cholo

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cholo

The first known use of cholo was in 1851

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on cholo

Spanish Central: Translation of cholo

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cholo

WORD OF THE DAY

something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!