Definition of Chicano in English:



  • (in North America) a person of Mexican origin or descent, especially a man or boy.

    as modifier ‘Chicano culture’
    See also Chicana
    • ‘Until the late 1970s, Los Angeles's Pico-Union district was populated by Mexican immigrants, Chicanos, African Americans, and European Americans.’
    • ‘They like having an African-American executive to send to Nigeria, or a Chicano to handle their Mexican accounts.’
    • ‘The final straw came when he went to do a cover on Chicanos in Uvalde, Texas.’
    • ‘The teachers were not of Mexican descent, yet they strove to bring Mexican and Chicano cultures into the classroom.’
    • ‘My harshest critics have been Chicanas, and Chicanos; but they have also been my strongest supporters.’
    • ‘Fiction of cultural resistance includes an inner discourse of resistance to patriarchal traditions in the Chicano culture.’
    • ‘The result, as was common with other ethnic groups, was a fusion of beliefs and traditions evolving into the Chicano culture.’
    • ‘It is well-known that the first work did not endear him to the Chicano and Chicana intelligentsia.’
    • ‘There was universal agreement that art by Chicano artists was helping to write the Chicano experience into American history.’
    • ‘These might include Chicanos, Cajuns, Amish and Puerto Ricans.’
    • ‘These struggles helped to shape a distinct Chicano and Latino punk scene.’
    • ‘Since then, Chicano art has grown more varied as the Chicano population has assimilated further into American society.’
    • ‘He placed education for Mexican-American youth as his top priority, but he believed that Chicanos had to know about other minority cultures as well.’
    • ‘Based on shared experiences as second-class citizens, Chicanos and Arab immigrants are building an alliance in Los Angeles.’
    • ‘Monolingual English-speaking Chicanos took courses to learn Spanish.’
    • ‘This concern was especially true in their dealings with Chicanos who would taunt and tease them in English and Spanish.’
    • ‘One of the key elements of the foundation of the Chicano movement has been the use of Spanish to resist cultural domination.’
    • ‘The Chicano family is inseparable from the American contexts that contain it.’
    • ‘Though there were tensions between these two communities at times, there was also overlap, cultural exchange, and camaraderie between blacks and Chicanos.’
    • ‘Many Chicanos today live in the Midwest and the East.’


Mexican Spanish, alteration of Spanish mejicano (masculine) ‘Mexican’.



/tʃɪˈkɑːnəʊ/ /ʃɪˈkɑːnəʊ/ /tʃɪˈkeɪnəʊ/