Definition of caboclo in US English:



  • 1(in Brazil) an indigenous person.

    • ‘The study's intent is to reveal how the largely subsistence economies of the people of the river's mouth, the caboclos, illustrate a sustainable alternative to the rapacious nature of Amazonian development today.’
    • ‘When he wishes to indicate people of American Indian physical type in the Reconcavo, he generally says caboclo.’
    • ‘Starting in Manicore, they explored the neighboring areas in a rented speedboat, visiting riverbank settlements and showing photos of Little Fellow to the caboclos there, asking hundreds of people if they had ever seen any such monkey.’
    1. 1.1 A Brazilian of mixed white and indigenous or black and indigenous ancestry.
      • ‘Jeanette was moved by the grace and dignity of the Brazilian caboclos who live along the river.’
      • ‘And he only partially addresses the broader economic pressures of poverty that caboclos face as the overall Brazilian economy continues along its uncertain path.’
      • ‘This paper analyzes the festival from an anthropological perspective, suggesting its interpretation as a contemporary cultural movement that, while enhancing regional indigenous roots, expresses a positive statement of a Brazilian ‘caboclo,’ or mestizo, cultural identity.’
      • ‘In 1940 there were 60 individuals living in a village located on the upper Cairari, but in 1948 the group consisted of barely 32 individuals, including a Brazilian caboclo married to an Indian woman.’


Brazilian Portuguese, perhaps from Tupi Kaa-boc ‘person having copper-colored skin’.