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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.]
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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
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(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.
The vast majority of chapters are narrated by a communal voice that represents three generations of cholos, and which serves to present the dominant ideologies of the barrio.
Toledo's campaign signaled how far cholos have come in challenging the white monopoly on wealth and power, but it also indicates how far they must still come.
The gangs she studied belong to a tough youth culture known as cholos.
For several hours every week the sheriff's department and the deputy had to endure unending insults and ridicule from a parade of Chicano-power cholos. The cholos said the chotas were cowards, shooting a naked man armed only with a knife.