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Spaniard

[span-yerd]
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Spain.

Origin of Spaniard

1350–1400; Middle English Spaignarde < Old French (e)spaignart, equivalent to Espaigne Spain + -art -ard
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  • "My harness is yours by the law of arms," said the Spaniard, gloomily.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • It was as much as any Spaniard could do to tell one half-naked Indian from another.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • While the Spaniard looked it over greedily, the boy saw his opportunity.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • I saw but one man among these pirates, whom I took for a real Spaniard.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I turned out the other Spaniard, when he was as good as his word.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for spaniard

Spaniard

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Spain
  2. NZ short for wild Spaniard
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Word Origin and History for spaniard

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.

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