- noting or pertaining to the parts of America where Spanish is the prevailing language.
- pertaining to Spain and America, sometimes to Spain and the United States: an example of Spanish-American cooperation.
- of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Spanish America, especially those of Spanish descent.
- of or relating to persons of Latin-American descent living in the U.S.
- of or relating to persons of Spanish descent living in the U.S.
Origin of Spanish-American
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
- a person of Latin-American descent living in the U.S.
- a person of Spanish descent living in the U.S.
- a native or inhabitant of a Spanish-American country.
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Examples from the Web for spanish-american
When he left to join the Spanish-American War, Katie kept a picture of him on a locket around her neck.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
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He began A Moment in the Sun in 1996 as a screenplay about an African-American soldier in the Spanish-American War.John Sayles Declares His Independence
May 9, 2011
Rival newspaper barons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were even blamed for starting the Spanish-American War.It's Not too Late to End the Hate
January 11, 2011
One sculpture honors those who died in the Spanish-American War.Obama's Confederate Compromise
May 21, 2009
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.
But the Church and her religion is the Spanish-American woman's special kingdom.
It fell to my lot in one Spanish-American country to receive a challenge.
He was one of the small Spanish-American breed, almost as sure-footed as a chamois.The Forest Exiles
- of or relating to any of the Spanish-speaking countries or peoples of the Americas
- a native or inhabitant of Spanish America
- a Spanish-speaking person in the US
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