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 (chĭ-kä′nō, shĭ-)
n. pl. Chi·ca·nos
A Mexican American.

[American Spanish chicano, dialectal variant of mexicano, Mexican, from México, Mexico.]

Chi·ca′no adj.
Usage Note: Chicano is used only of Mexican Americans, not of Mexicans living in Mexico or working as migrants in the United States. While Chicano is a term of pride for many Mexican Americans, it remains a word with strong political associations stemming from the Chicano literary and civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Since these politics are not necessarily espoused by all Mexican Americans, and since usage and acceptance of this word can vary from one region to another, an outsider who is unfamiliar with his or her audience would do well to use Mexican American instead. See Usage Note at Hispanic.


n, pl -nos
(Peoples) an American citizen of Mexican origin
[C20: from Spanish mejicano Mexican]


(tʃɪˈkɑ noʊ, -ˈkæn oʊ)

n., pl. -nos.
a Mexican-American, esp. a male.
[1960–65; < Mexican Spanish mexicano Mexican]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chicano - a person of Mexican descent
Mexican - a native or inhabitant of Mexico


A. ADJchicano
B. Nchicano/a m/f


n (= Mexican American) pl <Chicanos> → Chicano m
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It also has new mate on popular authors like Denise ChAaAaAeA vez, Alfredo Vea, Luis Alberto Urre and Juan Felipe Herrera and discusses Chicanas in the Chicano movement and Chicanos since the movement.
Tension between people men and women, Chicanos and Anglos is a frequent theme in de Hoyo's work.
The diverse anthology should appeal to high school and college students as well as those interested in the written experience of the Chicanos in the United States.
The text offers multiple definitions as well as images of cockroaches, sometimes as stand-ins for Chicanos, sometimes as an entirely new identity marker, and sometimes as a straightforward depiction of the inhuman.
The finesse in which the author strings different tales separated by time, space and place make for a read that is global; localized and at times intimate narratives become situational circumstances from which to understand the global connections that alter the view of Chicanos as a (dis)placed nation of peoples.
Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas is combination of history and social treatise about Chicanos (Mexican-Americans) by author, researcher, and medical professional Richard J.
This widespread civil rights and empowerment movement laid the foundation for today's Latino political power and opened up new opportunities, not only for Chicanos but other Latinos as well.
By attempting to transcend previous critical phases, all these works provide a filmic discourse analysis in which they deal with stereotypical images in Hollywood films, how Chicanos challenge, subvertand create their own popular portrayals of Chicanismo and how they insert these new Chicano voices into the mainstream discourse, reinforcing the dialectical relationship between ethnic expression and the dominant culture.
Ademas, el trio observa que mientras los espacios sagrados fisicos, antes simbolos de la identidad y cultura mexicana/chicana, paulatinamente desaparecen con la edificacion de instituciones estado-unidenses, los chicanos han tenido que redefinir lo que constituye un espacio sagrado para la sobrevivencia cultural--Levi Romero define ese espacio sagrado como aquel en donde dos o mas se reunen en nombre de la comunidad (xi).
Cultural studies, on the other hand, have transferred this ethnic-spatial concern towards a creative environment, setting the city as a counter-discourse space; this is the main argument of Barrio-Logos: Space and Place in Urban Chicano Literature and Culture (2000), which examines Chicano artistic creation of urban spaces in response to "mechanisms which literally place Chicanos in a material and symbolic geography of dominance drawn by the visible hand of urbanizing, mostly Anglo-controlled capital" (4).
Herrera reflects on his readings of Octavio Paz's The Labyrinth of Solitude, a book that reminds us that a country is not represented by a racial community or a culturally homogenous people but by the coexistence of mutually enriching cultures and different peoples who oftentimes carry the "other" in their innermost selves, as is the case of Chicanos with names such as Spencer and Levi and a photographer who has the "face of a gringo [.
Consider, for example, that on many college campuses the student group MEChA (Moviemiento Estudiantil Chicanos de Atzlan) is considered a "Recognized Student Organizations.