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a Mexican-American teenager who belongs to a neighborhood gang and who dresses in showy clothes
A Mexican-American, especially a juvenile delinquent in the Los Angeles area.
1998. They asked him if he was a pachuco. He said all the pachucos he knew of lived in El Paso. He told em he didnu2019t know any Mexican pachucos. u2014 Cormac McCarthy, Cities of the Plain
Pachuco refers to a particular subculture of Hispanic and Latino Americans associated with zoot suits, street gangs, nightlife, and flamboyant public behavior. The idea of the pachuco – a zoot-suited, well-dressed, street-connected flamboyant playboy of Hispanic/Latino heritage – originated in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and moved westward, following the line of migration of Mexican railroad workers into Los Angeles, where it developed further. A pachuca is the female counterpart, often idealized as a beautiful Latina/Hispanic woman in extravagant evening dress or a female version of the zoot suit, out with a pachuco boyfriend for a night on the town. Pachucas broke taboos of their time by wearing men's-style pants sometimes and appearing in public often with their pachuco boyfriends; at the time, a "good woman" was considered to have her place in the home. They defied gender stereotypes and roles in Mexican-American culture in much the same way flappers had in European-American culture in the 1920s.
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