Meaning of mestizaje in English:


Pronunciation /mɛˈstiːzəheɪ/


  • 1Interbreeding and cultural intermixing of Spanish and American Indian people (originally in Mexico, and subsequently also in other parts of Latin America); miscegenation, racial and cultural intermixing.

  • 2 rare With the. The action or process of such racial and cultural intermixing.

  • 3 rare Latin American people of mixed American Spanish (especially Mexican) and American Indian parentage, considered collectively.


1940s; earliest use found in Hispanic American Historical Review. From Spanish mestizaje miscegenation, people of mixed race from mestizar to interbreed (from mestizo) + -aje.