Definition of cholo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHōlō/

noun (plural cholos)

1A Latin American with Indian blood; a mestizo.
Example sentences
  • La Fabricia's conduct in public - that is, her refusal to interact with other cholos aside from El Saico - makes it apparent that something is going on between the two.
  • The cholo challenged his oppression with gun in hand.
  • Some interioranos grade imperceptibly into an acculturated native American population known pejoratively as cholos, who refer to themselves as naturales.
1.1US informal, offensive A lower-class Mexican, especially in an urban area.
1.2US A teenage boy, especially in a Mexican-American community, who is a member of a street gang.
Example sentences
  • Now he runs his own talent management and production company, Suspect Entertainment, hiring out himself and other reformed Hispanic - or cholo - gangsters to play the kind of roles they once had for real.
  • The cholos baptized their clubs in Spanish, just because the banda was in vogue.
  • The term cholo refers specifically to a member of a social group that is a contemporary extension of the pachuco.


Mid 19th century: American Spanish, from Cholollán (now Cholula), in Mexico.

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Syllabification: cho·lo

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