Definition of norteño in English:



  • 1An inhabitant or native of northern Mexico.

    ‘A norteño named Abe Torres had started Hoy thirty years before when he shuttled alcoholics the hour-and-a-half across the mountains to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Las Vegas.’
  • 2

    (also norteña)
    mass noun A style of folk music, associated particularly with northern Mexico and Texas, typically featuring an accordion and using polkas and other rhythms found in the music of central European immigrants.

    • ‘Somewhat akin to Tex-Mex tejano and banda styles, ranchera norteña sways with sweeping vocals, accordions, and the full gamut of synthesized sounds.’
    • ‘Using elements from norteño and banda music (styles specific to northern Mexico), the Nortec Collective created an abstract, electro-Latin hybrid that not only gave them a distinct sound but also catapulted them onto the global scene.’
    • ‘Mexican music - norteño, ranchero - is poised to cross over, as black music did in the 1950s.’
    • ‘He diversified into norteño, which soon outsold Tejano.’


Spanish, literally ‘northerner’.