mestizo
Usage note
The plural of "mestizo" is "mestizos" or "mestizoes."
mestizo(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (person of mixed race)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el mestizo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la mestiza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Mestizos represent the majority of the population.Los mestizos representan la mayoría de la población.
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mestizo [mɪsˈtiːzəʊ] mestizos mestizoes (US)
noun
mestizoamestiza (m) (f);a mestiza
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el mestizo, la mestiza(
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This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (person of different races)
a. mestizo
La población del país está mayormente compuesta de mestizos.Mestizos make up the majority of the population.
b. mixed-race person
Los mestizos descienden de personas de diferentes razas.Mixed-race people descend from people of different races.
c. half-caste
A word or phrase that is gravely offensive and taboo in all contexts (e.g. nigger, cunt).
(extremely offensive)
Samuel se sintió gravemente ofendido cuando alguien le llamó mestizo en la calle.Samuel was deeply offended when someone in the street called him as a half-caste.
2. (cross-bred animal)
a. crossbreed
El señor dijo que prefiere un perro de raza pura que un mestizo.The man said he prefers purebred dogs to crossbreeds.
b. mongrel
Ese refugio está lleno de mestizos.That shelter is full of mongrels.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (of different races)
a. mixed race
La Malinche tuvo un hijo mestizo con Hernán Cortés.La Malinche had a mixed-race son with Hernán Cortés.
b. racially mixed
Las escuelas son mestizas en su mayoría.Schools are racially mixed for the most part.
4. (of different breeds)
a. crossbred
Los perros mestizos son los menos adoptados.Crossbred dogs are the least adopted.
b. mongrel
Los perros mestizos suelen tener menos problemas de salud que los de casta.Mongrel dogs tend to have fewer health problems than purebred dogs.
5. (botany)
a. hybrid
Las plantas mestizas se dan naturalmente en el medio ambiente.Hybrid plants grow naturally in the environment.
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mestizo
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (persona)
a. of mixed race
2. (animal, planta)
a. cross-bred
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (general)
a. person of mixed race
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mestizoa mestiza
adjective
[+persona] mixed-race; [+sociedad] racially mixed; [+raza] mixed; [+animal] crossbred; mongrel (peyorativo); [+planta] hybrid;
(persona) mestizo; half-caste (peyorativo); (animal) crossbreed; mongrel (peyorativo); (planta) hybrid;
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