American Spanish

[ uh-mer-i-kuhn span-ish ]
/ əˈmɛr ɪ kən ˈspæn ɪʃ /

noun

the collective Spanish dialects of the Americas, as spoken in Central America (with the exception of Belize), the Caribbean, South America (with the exceptions of Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, and Suriname), and historically, the territory of the southwestern United States.

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Origin of American Spanish

First recorded in 1945–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for American Spanish

  • I remember one private soldier who had fought in the American-Spanish war and in the Philippines—an old "tough."

    People of Destiny|Philip Gibbs
  • The rebel general opportunely arrived in Singapore at or about the time of the outbreak of American-Spanish hostilities.