mestizo

noun
mes·​ti·​zo | \-(ˌ)zō \
plural mestizos

Definition of mestizo 

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

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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, latimes.com, "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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