nounpl. -·zos or -·zoes
a person of mixed parentage; esp., in the W U.S. and in Latin American countries, a person having one Spanish or Portuguese parent and one American Indian parent
Origin of mestizoSpanish from Ecclesiastical Late Latin misticius, of mixed race (transl. of Classical Greek symmiktos, commingled) from past participle of Classical Latin miscere, mix
nounpl. mes·ti·zos, or mes·ti·zoes
A person of mixed racial ancestry, especially of mixed European and Native American ancestry.
Origin of mestizoSpanish mixed, mestizo from Old Spanish mixed from Late Latin mixtīcius from Latin mixtus past participle of miscēre to mix ; see meik- in Indo-European roots.
(plural mestizos or mestizoes)
- A person of mixed ancestry, especially one of Spanish and Native American heritage.