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  1. Spanish.
  2. of or relating to Spanish-speaking Latin America: the United States and its Hispanic neighbors.
  3. 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).
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  1. 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).
  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
Related formsHis·pan·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-His·pan·ic, adjectivepre-His·pan·ic, adjectivetrans-His·pan·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hispano-american

Historical Examples

  • We notice all these, and they tell us we are journeying in the land of the Hispano-American.

    The Scalp Hunters

    Mayne Reid

  • Unfortunately, the Hispano-American race is essentially haughty and jealous.


    Gustave Aimard

  • Nevertheless, the feeling of a common Hispano-American brotherhood is weak.

  • This is one of the lessons taught by the Hispano-American War.

  • How far does there exist among the peoples of these republics the sense of a common Hispano-American nationality?

British Dictionary definitions for hispano-american


  1. relating to, characteristic of, or derived from Spain or Spanish-speaking countries
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  1. US a person of Latin-American or Spanish descent living in the US
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his is the word most generally used in the US to refer to people of Latin American or Spanish ancestry
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Word Origin and History for hispano-american



"pertaining to Spain" (especially ancient Spain) 1580s, from Latin Hispanicus, from Hispania "Iberian Peninsula," from Hispanus "Spaniard" (see Spaniard). Specific application to Spanish-speaking parts of the New World is 1889, American English; especially applied since c.1972 to Spanish-speaking persons of Latin American descent living in U.S.

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