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[luh-tee-noh, la-] /ləˈti noʊ, læ-/
of or relating to people of Latin-American descent: Latino business owners; Latino audiences; the Latino community;
Latino immigrants.
noun, plural Latinos.
a person of Latin-American descent:
a growing population of Latinos in the United States.
Compare Hispanic.
See also Latina.
Origin of Latino
1945-50, Americanism; < American Spanish, special use of Spanish latino Latin, perhaps by ellipsis from latinoamericano Latin-American Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Latino
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Historical Examples
  • This led to a controversy with Latino Latini during which Mercatus published another volume on the obelisks.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • And this done, the said Cardinal Latino returned to Romagna to his legation with great honour.

    Villani's Chronicle

    Giovanni Villani
  • He was Latino, good looking, like a movie star, bronze skin flickering with copper highlights from the fire.


    Cory Doctorow
  • We, speak Latino more—Vellem ostenderes quare hi non profligaverint illos?

British Dictionary definitions for Latino


noun (pl) -nos
(US) an inhabitant of the US who is of Latin American origin
Derived Forms
Latina, noun:feminine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Latino

"male Latin inhabitant of the United States" (fem. Latina), 1946, American English, from American Spanish, shortening of Latinoamericano "Latin-American" (see Latin America). As an adjective, attested from 1974.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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