Hispanic

[ hi-span-ik ]
/ hɪˈspæn ɪk /

adjective

of or relating to Spanish-speaking Latin America: the United States and its Hispanic neighbors.
Also His·pan·o [hi-span-oh, -spah-noh] /hɪˈspæn oʊ, -ˈspɑ noʊ/. of or relating to people of Spanish-speaking descent: Hispanic students;the Hispanic vote;Hispanic communities. Compare Latino(def 1).

noun

Also called His·pan·o-A·mer·i·can [hi-span-oh-uh-mer-i-kuh n, -spah-noh] /hɪˈspæn oʊ əˈmɛr ɪ kən, -ˈspɑ noʊ/, His·pan·ic A·mer·i·can. a citizen or resident of the United States who is of Spanish or Spanish-speaking Latin-American descent. Compare Latino(def 2).
a person whose primary or native language is Spanish.

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Origin of Hispanic

From the Latin word hispānicus, dating back to 1575–85. See Hispania, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM Hispanic

His·pan·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-His·pan·ic, adjectivepre-His·pan·ic, adjectivetrans-His·pan·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hispanic

Hispanic
/ (hɪˈspænɪk) /

adjective

relating to, characteristic of, or derived from Spain or Spanish-speaking countries

noun

US a person of Latin-American or Spanish descent living in the US

usage for Hispanic

his is the word most generally used in the US to refer to people of Latin American or Spanish ancestry
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