1. of or relating to Mexican-Americans or their culture.

noun, plural Chi·ca·nos.

  1. a Mexican-American.

noun plural -nos

  1. an American citizen of Mexican origin

1947, from Mexican Spanish dialectal pronunciation of Mexicano “Mexican,” with loss of initial unaccented syllable [Barnhart]. Said to have been in use among Mexican-Americans from c.1911. Probably influenced by Spanish chico “boy,” also used as a nickname. The adjective in English is attested by 1967. Fem. form is Chicana.

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