Definition of Chicano in English:

Chicano

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Chicano

/ʃɪˈkɑːnəʊ//tʃɪˈkɑːnəʊ//tʃɪˈkeɪnəʊ/