mes·​ti·​za me-ˈstē-zə How to pronounce mestiza (audio)
plural mestizas
: a woman of mixed blood
specifically : a woman of mixed European and Indigenous American ancestry compare mestizo

Examples of mestiza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Known as the Black Princess, this mestiza (mixed-race woman) was feared as a landowner of various estates and hundreds of slaves. Catherine Fairweather, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Mar. 2024 It’s a blending of cultures, a story of a romance between a male Chinese merchant and a mestiza woman. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2022 Still, mestiza seems to make the most sense out of the layers of my family’s murky history. Angie Jaime, Teen Vogue, 2 Aug. 2019 Some billboards displayed mestiza stars in glittering, celestial evening gowns. Melissa Pandika, The Cut, 31 Jan. 2018 According to Helland, Frida’s Mexicanidad and fascination with her mestiza (or mixed-ancestry) heritage lent itself to placing Aztec symbols, such as monkeys, skulls, and flowers, in many of her paintings. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, 26 Jan. 2018 Juana Azurduy de Padilla (1781 - 1862) Born in Bolivia with Spanish and Indigenous blood, the mestiza warrior wanted, at first, to become a nun. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, 28 July 2017

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Word History


Spanish, feminine of mestizo

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mestiza was in 1589

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“Mestiza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


mes·​ti·​za me-ˈstē-zə How to pronounce mestiza (audio)
: a woman who is a mestizo

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