Definition of chola in US English:



  • 1(in some parts of Latin America) a woman of indigenous or partly indigenous ancestry.

    • ‘In La Cristina's case, the other cholas persecute and ostracize her out of jealousy and an inability to imagine a more inclusive notion of chola identity.’
    • ‘Chicheras were better off economically than most cholas and certainly than Indians, and their cultural connection to chicha gave them social advantages within the chola community.’
    • ‘Her most offensive transgression against the community, however, is her decision to date a non-cholo man, a decision that infuriates both her parents and the other cholas.’
    • ‘Cholos and cholas in early twentieth-century Bolivia drank chicha during baptism, vacations, and funeral ceremonies.’
    • ‘Their move into the city could mean a move from an identity as an Indian to an identity as a chola, if they so chose.’
    • ‘The fact that even the cholas punish La Cristina for her disrespect demonstrates the level to which the women have assimilated their community's patriarchal values.’
    • ‘During the years between 1870 and 1890 chicheras faced more public insults than other cholas.’
    • ‘Urban, socially integrated cholos and cholas became the focal point for the increasing tide of racism.’
    • ‘Other cholos and cholas believed that the occupation of chicha seller inherently meant untrustworthiness when it came to money.’
    • ‘Chicheras, more than any other cholas, went to court.’
    1. 1.1US informal A young woman belonging to a Mexican-American urban subculture associated with street gangs.


Mid 19th century: American Spanish (see cholo).