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n. pl. cho·los Often Offensive
1. A young, usually working-class Mexican-American man, especially one belonging to a subculture that often includes membership in a neighborhood gang.
2. In parts of Latin America, a person of indigenous American or mestizo heritage.

[American Spanish : originally a derogatory word for a person of African and indigenous American ancestry, perhaps from a word in a pre-Columbian Antillean language meaning dog.]


n, pl -los
1. (Peoples) a person who is descended from both European and Native American parents
2. (Peoples) US a disparaging term for a lower-class person of Mexican descent
3. (Peoples) US a tough or thug-like person of Mexican descent


(ˈtʃoʊ loʊ)

n., pl. -los.
(esp. among Mexican-Americans) a teenage boy in a street gang.
[1970–75, Amer.; < Mex Sp: peasant]
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It was in the midst of this repose, that Archy, one of the cordon, whose post was near the after-hatches, whispered to his neighbor, a Cholo, the words above.
Lo importante de todo, sospecho, tanto en El cholo Cepeda, investigador privado, como en Si es que te queda carino, es el trasfondo de los acontecimientos: una ciudad culpable de lesa sadomasoquismo ante la que nadie, nativos o extranos, pueden permanecer indiferentes.
Cholo styles include a shaved or military, buzz haircut, bandanas, pendleton shirts and khakis, Zandl Group executives said.
He is the first cholo, or native Peruvian, to hold office in 500 years.
Such is the case with Luis Humberto Crosthwaite's novel, El Gran Pretender, wherein specific narrative techniques are used to present a cholo community in Tijuana, Baja California.
Maradona said: "I can identify with the Witch (Veron), with Kily Gonzalez, with Cholo (Diego Simeone) - with boys who really love to play.
This bridge is the culture of the cholo, the Peruvian Indian who has moved to the outskirts of the city and striven to adopt modern, Latin ways.
This article describes a lesson that the authors prepared for a fifth-grade class in Greeley, Colorado, using the book A Migrant Child's Dream: Farm Worker Adventures of Cholo, Vato, and Pano, written by George Rivera and illustrated by Tony Ortega (1994).
Your article on El Cholo (Western Wanderings, September, page 22) brought back vivid memories.
Officers at Warwick University Students' Union said the drinks could not be accounted for at its Cholo bar on the main campus in Coventry.
However, the government made it mandatory provision for the marshals of all the Provinces to follow the dress code by wearing Daura Suruwal and Sari Cholo during assembly.