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[span-yerd] /ˈspæn yərd/
a native or inhabitant of Spain.
Origin of Spaniard
1350-1400; Middle English Spaignarde < Old French (e)spaignart, equivalent to Espaigne Spain + -art -ard Unabridged
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  • Escobar, like so many of the chief Jesuit writers, was a Spaniard, born at Valladolid in 1589.

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • "He's a Spaniard I've had some trouble with," answered Clif.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • The Spaniard looked sharply at him as if he feared what he was about to hear.

    'Farewell, Nikola' Guy Boothby
  • He knew that there must be a channel, for he and the Spaniard had come in by it.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • "She has two hundred thousand gold piastres," replied the Spaniard.

    Juana Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for Spaniard


a native or inhabitant of Spain
(NZ) short for wild Spaniard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Spaniard

c.1400, from Old French Espaignart, from Espaigne "Spain," from Latin Hispania, from Greek Hispania "Spain," Hispanos "Spanish, a Spaniard," probably from Celt-Iberian, in which (H)i- represents a definite article. The earlier English noun was Spaynol (mid-14c.), from Old French Espaignol.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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