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Pronounced: \bur-kay-neo\ or \bood-kay-nyo\
Plural: Burqueños or Burqueñas
Definition of Burqueño/Burqueña
Burqueño and the feminine Burqueña, (sometimes spelled with an n instead of an ñ, as Burqueno) a native of Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (extended throughout Central New Mexico), traditionally one born hearing the urban type New Mexico English; the dialect or accent typical of such a person.
It can also be a term for someone or something made by the city of Albuquerque, for example; a person that moved to Albuquerque, but adopted by the Albuquerque and Central New Mexico identity and style.
The term has become synonymous with the said style and identity of the city and its denizens, with the word being incorporated into artwork, including everything from pottery to street-art, as a form of identifying oneself as being from New Mexico’s largest city.
Examples of Burqueño
View of Albuquerque
Poet Carlos Contreras
Origin of Burqueño
After the Pueblo Revolt, in 1706, La Villa de Alburquerque was founded to ease tensions between the Spanish and the Pueblos, as a trading post by the Spaniards for the Tiquex Puebloans. During the late 1800s, La Villa de Alburquerque became the City of Albuquerque, native denizens of the city often harkened back to the original name, standing for the union of Pueblo and Spanish, by simply referring to it as Burque. In the Spanish language, people that come from port cities are called Porteños; since Albuquerque was an pseudo “inland port” for the Native Americans and Europeans, the portmanteau Burqueños began to appear in the mid-to-late 1900s.
Alternate names and spellings exist; Burqueno.
First Known Use: 20th century.