nor·​te·​ño | \ nȯrˈtānyō \
plural -s

Definition of norteño

: popular music from northern Mexico with a fast tempo and usually featuring an accordion

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First Known Use of norteño

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for norteño

Mexican Spanish (probably short for conjunto norteño, literally, northern ensemble) from Spanish, northern, from norte north

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“Norteño.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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