mes·​ti·​za | \ me-ˈstē-zə How to pronounce mestiza (audio) \

Definition of mestiza

: a woman who is a mestizo

Examples of mestiza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, mestiza seems to make the most sense out of the layers of my family’s murky history. Angie Jaime, Teen Vogue, "The Aniwa Gathering Connected Me to My Indigenous Ancestors," 2 Aug. 2019 Some billboards displayed mestiza stars in glittering, celestial evening gowns. Melissa Pandika, The Cut, "Before I Embraced My Brownness, I Tried to Lighten My Skin," 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, "Frida Kahlo: Radical Artist, Political Activist, Icon," 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, "Women Warriors: The Hidden History of Female Combat Heroes," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of mestiza

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mestiza

Spanish, feminine of mestizo

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“Mestiza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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