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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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With this work, Cisneros joins a small yet growing pantheon of distinguished Chicana, Latina, and other writers of color who have one-volume collections of significant work, including the late Tejana queer writer and activist Gloria Anzaldua (The Gloria Anzaldua Reader, [2009]); Chicana, queer, indigenous activist and scholar Cherrie Moraga (A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness [2011]); Dominican American novelist and poet, Julia Alvarez (The Woman I Kept to Myself [2011] and Something to Declare [2014]); the late African American Pulitzer prize-winner Gwendolyn Brooks (Selected Poems [2006]); and the late African American poet and activist Audre Lorde (Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches [2007]).
The fifth author is a Xicana, raised Catholic in San Bernardino California; her mother is Mexican and her father Chicano.
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Performing the plight of the Xicana in different venues, she reflects that she has a credo, a refrain, that informs her work: "to announce our presence to one another and the world, but in our own tongue, on our own ground, brandishing our own homegrown instruments of naming" (53).
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