- 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).
- 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.
Origin of Hispanic
Examples from the Web for hispano-american
We notice all these, and they tell us we are journeying in the land of the Hispano-American.The Scalp Hunters
Unfortunately, the Hispano-American race is essentially haughty and jealous.Stronghand
Nevertheless, the feeling of a common Hispano-American brotherhood is weak.
This is one of the lessons taught by the Hispano-American War.The Colored Regulars in the United States Army
T. G. Steward
How far does there exist among the peoples of these republics the sense of a common Hispano-American nationality?
- relating to, characteristic of, or derived from Spain or Spanish-speaking countries
- US a person of Latin-American or Spanish descent living in the US
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.