Meaning of mestizo in English:


Pronunciation /mɛˈstiːzəʊ/

nounplural noun mestizos

  • (in Latin America) a man of mixed race, especially one having Spanish and indigenous descent.

    ‘About 90 percent of the people are mestizos, people of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry.’
    • ‘Ladinos are usually mestizos, people of mixed Amerindian and European descent.’
    • ‘Among mestizos and other indigenous peoples, weddings are lavish affairs.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it is important to keep in mind that Mexican-Americans are mestizas and mestizos, victims of various colonization processes.’


Spanish, ‘mixed’, based on Latin mixtus.