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Spanish-American

[span-ish-uh-mer-i-kuh n] /ˈspæn ɪʃ əˈmɛr ɪ kən/
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.
Origin of Spanish-American
1780-1790
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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  • He had served through the Boer and the Spanish-American wars with distinction.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • But the Church and her religion is the Spanish-American woman's special kingdom.

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

    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.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Riding unattended was a breach of Spanish-American convention.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
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
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Spanish America
3.
a Spanish-speaking person in the US
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