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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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  • "My harness is yours by the law of arms," said the Spaniard, gloomily.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • While the Spaniard looked it over greedily, the boy saw his opportunity.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • It was as much as any Spaniard could do to tell one half-naked Indian from another.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • I turned out the other Spaniard, when he was as good as his word.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I saw but one man among these pirates, whom I took for a real Spaniard.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
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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