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The word comes from an indigenous Mexican/Native word coming from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word for “native.”

Here is a definition according to the scholastic Handbook of Texas:

"According to one explanation, the pre-Columbian tribes (Aztecs) in Mexico called themselves Meshicas, and the Spaniards, employing the letter x (which at that time represented a “sh” and “ch” sound), spelled it Mexicas. The Indians later referred to themselves as Meshicanos and even as Shicanos, thus giving birth to the term Chicano."

Therefore, the term stuck to all Americans of Mexican decent. Sometimes, the word “Chicano” can be applied to a Mexican national who was brought to the United States at a very early age and adapted the “Chicano” lifestyle.
Paisa: Oye guey, dime si el Ramon es paisa?

Homie: No. El Ramon es Chicano porque nacio aqui en los Estados Unidos pero es Mejicano por sangre. Le dicen el Monchi. Trucha guey! No le digas pocho.
by El Chunti January 14, 2011
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means Indigenous and Indian people from native or mexican americans
totally Indians decent or Indian people as natural races.
Chicanos
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noun 1. A person who identifies himself/herself, regardless of a nationality, with the political, socioeconomic and cultural strife of native people and their descendants of the Americas.
2. A political, socioeconomic and cultural paradigm acquired from knowledge and interpretation of literature, music, politics, etc. of descendants of the Americas.
Being born in East L.A. doesn't make you Chicano, education and activism help in becoming one.
by Ivan Lopez February 01, 2005
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A person with the desendence of mexican but not born in mexico but in the U.S.A chicano is not people from latin america but only people with mexican desendence in born in the USA.
That vato over there says he is chicano but his parents were born in El Salvador. That means he is not chicano because his parents must be form Mexico and he must have been born in the United States to be a chicano.
by raza March 08, 2005
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A person who is born and raised in the US but whos ancestors(parents,grandparents or great-grand parents)were born in Mexico.He/she may speak spanish and english though most Chicanos speak english only.Many first-generation(people born and raised in the US during the 40's & 50's) Chicanos as well their children speak a dialect of spanish called Calo rather than traditional Spanish.Chicanos during the 1940's created a culture based on their parents Mexican culture and their own American culture. Many Chicanos have been instrumental in changing Mainstream american culture in terms of Art,Music and language.
Freddie Prinze was the first mainstream Latino Star ..yeah too bad he wasn't Chicano.
by Hamza 21 May 23, 2007
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Mexican american person. One whose parents were born in Mexico but he/she was born in the United States. Not any hispanic, just Mexicans born in the US territory.
That vato over there is a CHicano, he was born here, but is parents were born in Mexico.
by Chicano666 April 29, 2005
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Born American of Mexican Descent. Not accepted by Anglo-Americans as true Americans and not accepted by Mexcians as true Mexicans.
This chicano could care less about those from either culture who don't accept me for who I am!
by Scotty the Pocho April 10, 2006
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