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
by MissCubans April 10, 2010
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ANYONE who wants to be part of la Raza looking for the homeland of Aztlan. Mostly used by Mexican-Americans but open to all Vatos who want to connect to their indigenous roots and still keep it OG in the Barrios. Someone who DOES NOT identify as Hispanic due to its oppressive origin.
Yo soy Chicano y Que?

My homies are all Chicanos from the neighborhood, but we all come from diff places.
by Pocho Power November 11, 2010
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Chicanos are a people of Mexican American descent born in the United States. Our existence is defined by our social, cultural and political experience along with our heritage and historical roots.

A politically conscientious person of other Spanish, indigenous or Latino origin living in America can also call themselves Chicano.
The homeland of Chicanos is known as Aztlan.
by Chicana Muse October 01, 2009
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A person of Mexican descent born and raised the United States. Chicano culture is an extension of Mexican culture and a main thread in American culture. They speak both Spanish and English. Another word for Chicanos are Mexican-Americans.

*People of Half Mexican ancestry are widely considered Chicanos also, but also can be Mixed Race.
George Lopez was born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents. This makes him a Chicano.

by Cuetalxochitl February 13, 2008
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