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1. Originally used in Spanish to refer very specifically to a person of 50% European and 50% Amerindian descent.
2. Nowadays used to refer to any Hispanic person of mixed Amerindian and European descent, regardless of proportions. Sometimes even used as a general term for any Hispanic person of mixed racial origins.
3. Sometimes used to refer to the Hispanic culture of the Americas (as it is a mix of different indigenous, European and African cultures).

The cognate word in Portuguese is mestiço, while in French it is métis.
1. "Mestizo" was just one category in the very complex system of racial categorization used by the Spanish Empire.
2. Most people in Mexico, Central America, Ecuador, Colombia and Paraguay are mestizo, while in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay most people are just of European descent, and in Peru and Bolivia most people are Amerindians.
3. "We are one single mestizo race from Mexico to the Magellan Straits." - Ernesto "Che" Guevara
by backpacker_x2 February 01, 2011
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A Spanish word literally meaning "mixed" usually refering to someone who is mixed between Spanish and Native American.
Girl: That guy is fine as hell
Friend: Yea, he's a mestizo
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A Spanish term that refers to a racially mixed individual. In Latin america. it means an individual of spanish and amerindian baqround. In the philippines, it refers to individuals of spanish, mexican, portuguese, chinese, american, african, european, and or australian and filpino baqround.
I am a proud mestizo repping da Philippines nd Mexico.
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A Mexican or Mexican-American with noticeably mixed Indian and Spanish ancestry. They are roughly 50% Indian (aztec, mayan, exct.) and 50% Spanish (either southern or northern Spain). A Mestizo can also have a mix of other European ancestry such as French and sometimes German.

In modern times, a Mestizo's skin color can range from very dark or or light caramel. Many are observed to have black straight hair, and pronounce noses, and often are shorter. Mestizos have almond shaped and black colored eyes. Mestizos make up about 60% of Mexico's population.

Most Mexican-Americans found in the United States fall under this category, thus the term "brown pride" which is used often in west coast cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.

At times Mestizos can be very light skinned but can have noticeable Indigenous facial features and tan very easily.
guy #1: Did you see they new guy at school?
guy #2: yeah, I think he is a Castizo
girl #1: No, dingbat, he is a Mestizo.
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Originally denoting a person of mixed white and indigenous race in former Spanish colonies in Latin America and the Philippines. This is not strictly the case anymore.

Nowadays, particularly in Latin America, it really denotes any mainstream Latino/a, regardless of their actual ancestry. Oftentimes, indeed, perhaps most of the time, people who are purely American Indian by race are called "mestizos" simply because they speak Spanish, do not have any tribal affiliation, and are otherwise just seen as a mainstream Mexican/Peruvian/Ecuadorian, etc. The only people termed "Indians" nowadays in Latin America are those who maintain an ethnic identity apart from the mainstream, speak a non-Spanish language, etc.

In the Philippines, unlike Latin America, "mestizo" has maintained its mostly racial definition.
Carlos was born a Yaqui Indian, but he later moved to Mexico City and now identifies as a mainstream Mexican mestizo.
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A term that means "half-blood", by defintion half Native American (Aztec) and half White (Spanish). It was created by the Spanish when they conquered what is now know as Mexico. They were attempting to make Mexico The New Spain. During there time of rule they interbreeded with the Aztecs creating the race know as "mestizo". So that there would be any confusion with people who were fully Spanish(White) vs half Spanish(Native/White), the Spanish made the term to catagorize the three. Today Mexico is full of people who look like Native Americans but in all reality a every few percent are Native American, most are mixed. For this reason there are, as they call them, "white" mexicans because some Mexicans have more Spanish features, while most have indigionous features.
What's your race?

Oh, I'm Mexican.

Mexican is not a race it's a nationality.

Oh, um... then I'm Hispanic.

Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race.

Oh, then I'm mestizo.

What's that?

By defintion mestizo is a "half-blood" who is half Native American Aztec, and half White Spanish.

Oh so that means your too races, since there's only three, there's the Causcasian(White), Negroid(Black), and the Monogoild(Asian) that would make you both Monogoild and Caucasian.

No, because although we are both races we are only classified as Monogoilds due to our skull shape.
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