- of or relating to Spanish-speaking Latin America: the United States and its Hispanic neighbors.
- Also His·pan·o [hi-span-oh, -spah-noh] /hɪˈspæn oʊ, -ˈspɑ noʊ/. of or relating to people of Spanish-speaking descent: Hispanic students;the Hispanic vote;Hispanic communities. Compare Latino(def 1).
- Also called His·pan·o-A·mer·i·can [hi-span-oh-uh-mer-i-kuh n, -spah-noh] /hɪˈspæn oʊ əˈmɛr ɪ kən, -ˈspɑ noʊ/, His·pan·ic A·mer·i·can. a citizen or resident of the United States who is of Spanish or Spanish-speaking Latin-American descent. Compare Latino(def 2).
- a person whose primary or native language is Spanish.
Origin of Hispanic
Examples from the Web for hispanic
But at the same time, since Zimmerman, you've been hearing cases about officers killing black children—black men, Hispanic men.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters
December 22, 2014
A more recent phenomenon in the political universe is politicians of Hispanic heritage who are not fluent in Spanish.Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter?
December 14, 2014
Seventy percent of Hispanic Americans reported being very or somewhat concerned about climate change, and 57 percent of blacks.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
Hispanic Republican moderate Brian Sandoval just won a landslide reelection in Nevada.Could This Be the First Pro-Choice Republican on a National Ticket?
November 20, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz, one of two Hispanic Republicans in the Senate, accused Democrats of “pigeonholing” minority candidates.The Republican Rainbow Coalition Is Real
November 18, 2014
Even in the library of the Hispanic Society of America there is no record of him.
It was situated in Hispanic Bœtica, having been built by Marcellus.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. I of II)
Of all the Hispanic nations, however, Brazil was easily the most stable.
In 1876 these Hispanic nations stood on the threshold of a new era.
One was black, the other two were white, though one might have been hispanic.Little Brother
- relating to, characteristic of, or derived from Spain or Spanish-speaking countries
- US a person of Latin-American or Spanish descent living in the US
Word Origin and History for hispanic
"pertaining to Spain" (especially ancient Spain) 1580s, from Latin Hispanicus, from Hispania "Iberian Peninsula," from Hispanus "Spaniard" (see Spaniard). Specific application to Spanish-speaking parts of the New World is 1889, American English; especially applied since c.1972 to Spanish-speaking persons of Latin American descent living in U.S.