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Chi·ca·no

 (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.

chicano

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

Chi•ca•no

(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
Translations

Chicano

[tʃɪˈkɑːnəʊ]
A. ADJchicano
B. Nchicano/a m/f

Chicano

n (= Mexican American) pl <Chicanos> → Chicano m
References in periodicals archive ?
My father would scream about how degrading the word was and how it derived from the whiteman not being able to say "Mexicano," so they said "Mechicano." Since my father called the shots, I grew up saying, "I am Mexican-American."