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Güero (sometimes spelled huero, guero or wero) (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈ(ɡ)weɾo]) is a word used in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America to denote a person of fair complexion or with blond, light brown or red hair. The feminine form is güera. Although güero/a typically refers to a blond person, in Mexico it can mean anyone of lighter hair, even a person with light brown hair, especially auburn hair. This is opposed to moreno, who is of dark brown or black-brown skin tones and/or Amerindian or Afro-Mexican origin.

The word "güero" ultimately originates from the Spanish word huero [ˈweɾo] (empty) from the phrase huevo huero [ˈweβo ˈweɾo] (empty egg that was lost during incubation). The phrase huevo huero became associated with a sick person and from this association came the association with the color white.[1]

Güero may also refer to:

  • Guero, 2005 album by Beck
  • Guerolito, 2005 remix album by Beck, featuring all of the songs from Guero except for the hidden track, "Send a Message to Her"
  • Matando Gueros, 1993 album from the Mexican metal-band Brujeria
  • Guero, a piano study by German composer Helmut Lachenmann
  • Guero ("Later"), a 1643 Basque-language book by Pedro Agerre.


  1. ^ Güero y huero. Etimología de güero. (2012). Retrieved September 1, 2012, from link