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Spanish-American

[span-ish-uh-mer-i-kuh n]
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adjective
  1. noting or pertaining to the parts of America where Spanish is the prevailing language.
  2. pertaining to Spain and America, sometimes to Spain and the United States: an example of Spanish-American cooperation.
  3. of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Spanish America, especially those of Spanish descent.
  4. of or relating to persons of Latin-American descent living in the U.S.
  5. of or relating to persons of Spanish descent living in the U.S.
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Origin of Spanish-American

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90

Spanish American

noun
  1. a person of Latin-American descent living in the U.S.
  2. a person of Spanish descent living in the U.S.
  3. a native or inhabitant of a Spanish-American country.
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Examples from the Web for spanish-american

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Historical Examples

  • He had served through the Boer and the Spanish-American wars with distinction.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

  • This type of structure is prevalent in almost all the older Spanish-American cities.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • But the Church and her religion is the Spanish-American woman's special kingdom.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • It fell to my lot in one Spanish-American country to receive a challenge.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • He was one of the small Spanish-American breed, almost as sure-footed as a chamois.


British Dictionary definitions for spanish-american

Spanish-American

adjective
  1. of or relating to any of the Spanish-speaking countries or peoples of the Americas
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Spanish America
  2. a Spanish-speaking person in the US
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