cholo

noun
cho·​lo | \ ˈchō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce cholo (audio) \
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

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“Cholo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cholo. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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