Spanish Guatemala


Word USED Frequently BY local Guatemalans

Commonly refers to non-indigenous Guatemalans as well as those with both Spanish and indigenous ancestry (interchangeable with “mestizos”). The word was thought to be derived from a mix of Latino and ladrón, the Spanish word for “thief” but it is not popularly used as an offensive term.

“La mayoría de la población en centroamérica es ladina.”

“The majority of the population in Central America is of mixed race.”