pl. -·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 mixt&imacron;cius, from Latin mixtus, past participle of misc&emacron;re, 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.