cho·​lo ˈchō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce cholo (audio)
plural cholos
Southwestern US, often disparaging : a man or boy of Mexican descent
: a Mexican-American youth who belongs to a street gang

Word History


American Spanish, Europeanized Indian, mestizo

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cholo was in 1851

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“Cholo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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