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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pachuco(noun)

    a Mexican-American teenager who belongs to a neighborhood gang and who dresses in showy clothes

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  1. pachuco(Noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Pachuco

    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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