mes·​ti·​zo | \ me-ˈstē-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce mestizo (audio) \
plural mestizos

Definition of mestizo

: a person of mixed blood specifically : a person of mixed European and American Indian ancestry

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Recent Examples on the Web Although increasing numbers of Bolivians identify as mestizo, the population remains heavily indigenous, and the community’s partisans are not easily intimidated. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Fall of Evo Morales," 16 Mar. 2020 Young men from Ecuador’s indigenous minority and mixed race, or mestizo, majority, milled about on streets under the watch of police and a few dozen soldiers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ecuador indigenous, president strike deal to end protests," 13 Oct. 2019 Latinos in other southwestern states often identify as Mexican American or mestizo, a mixture of Spanish and Native American ancestry. Washington Post, "Long a New Mexico icon, Spanish conquistador faces attacks," 10 Oct. 2019 The model has relatively little application elsewhere in Mexico, where the vast majority of the population is of mestizo, or mixed-race, origins. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "One Mexican town revolts against violence and corruption. Six years in, its experiment is working," 10 July 2017 Even though some of the country’s most iconic freedom fighters and early politicians had African roots, their accomplishments fed a celebration of the broader mestizo culture. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "“We Are Not Used to People Thinking We Are Beautiful”," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of mestizo

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mestizo

Spanish, from mestizo, adjective, mixed, from Late Latin mixticius, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscēre to mix — more at mix

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“Mestizo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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