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(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.
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