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cholo Syllabification: cho·lo
Pronunciation: /ˈCHōlō/

Definition of cholo in English:

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.
Example sentences
  • Nice cars were seen entering the neighborhood and the cholos could only watch La Cristina, all perfumed, get into the car, kiss the guy like she wanted everyone to notice, then take off and not return until midnight.
  • Or they may have had less to lose than the cholos and cholas who made up the small business classes.
  • We served popcorn and killer chillies in little bowls along the bar, prepared by a cholo called Augusto, and the draught taps behind the bar weren't connected to anything at all.
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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