A young, usually working-class Mexican-American man, especially one belonging to a subculture that often includes membership in a neighborhood gang.
In parts of Latin America, a person of indigenous American or mestizo heritage.
(ethnic slur, offensive) A Mexican or Hispanic gang member or someone perceived to embody a similar stereotypical countenance.
Origin of cholo
- American Spanish originally a derogatory word for a person of African and indigenous American ancestry, perhaps from a word in a pre-Columbian Antillean language meaning dog
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition