One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Latin American man with American Indian blood; a mestizo.
- ‘The cholo challenged his oppression with gun in hand.’
- ‘Members of a second broad, intermediate category are labeled mestizos, cholos (a disparaging term), or nonindigenous.’
- ‘For example, students were asked to note the differences between the bandido character from the 1948 film ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ and the cholo from the 1997 film ‘187’.’
- ‘La Fabricia's conduct in public - that is, her refusal to interact with other cholos aside from El Saico - makes it apparent that something is going on between the two.’
- ‘Some interioranos grade imperceptibly into an acculturated native American population known pejoratively as cholos, who refer to themselves as naturales.’
- 1.1US offensive, informal A lower-class Mexican, especially in an urban area.
- 1.2US A member of a Mexican street gang.
- ‘Now he runs his own talent management and production company, Suspect Entertainment, hiring out himself and other reformed Hispanic - or cholo - gangsters to play the kind of roles they once had for real.’
- ‘The cholos baptized their clubs in Spanish, just because the banda was in vogue.’
- ‘In urban Latino neighborhoods, adolescents may conflict with their parents if they assume cholo identities.’
- ‘The term cholo refers specifically to a member of a social group that is a contemporary extension of the pachuco.’
- ‘In 1996, a breathtaking Los Angeles Times exposé on the 18th Street Gang, which included descriptions of innocent bystanders being murdered by laughing cholos (gang members), revealed the rate of illegal-alien membership in the gang.’
Mid 19th century: American Spanish, from Cholollán (now Cholula), in Mexico.
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