Definition of Zapatista in English:


Syllabification: Za·pa·tis·ta
Pronunciation: /ˌzäpəˈtēstə


  • A member or supporter of a Mexican revolutionary force working for social and agrarian reforms, which launched a popular uprising in the state of Chiapas in 1994.
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    • By now I doubted whether I would run into a Zapatista.
    • Once outside in the warm desert air, walking home, she tried to remember if the manager called her a stinking shoe or a Zapatista.
    • Speeches of Marcos, a Zapatista leader, are transmitted by internet while he remains in hiding in the mountains of Chiapas.


Spanish, named after Emiliano Zapata (see Zapata, Emiliano) + -ista.

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