Latin@

or la·ti·n@

[ luh-tee-noh-luh-tee-nuh, la‐ ]
/ ləˈti noʊ ləˈti nə, læ‐ /

adjective

of or relating to people of Latin American origin or descent, especially those living in the United States (used in place of the masculine form Latino or the feminine form Latina): The school promoted Latin American awareness during Latin@ Heritage Month.

noun, plural La·ti·n@s.

a person of Latin American origin or descent, especially one living in the United States (used in place of the masculine form Latino or the feminine form Latina): Latin@s in high-tech fields.

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Origin of Latin@

First recorded in 1995–2000; from the superficial resemblance of @ as a combination of a and o; see Latinx

pronunciation note for Latin@

The unusually constructed word Latin@ is more commonly used in writing than in speech, probably because the final character poses a pronunciation challenge. Most speakers don't assign “@” a sound at all, often pronouncing Latin@ by running the two intended forms together, as “Latino-Latina.” Others have postulated that the final vowel might rhyme with “cow,” as [luh-tee-nou] /ləˈti naʊ/, splitting the @ into “a” and “o.” However, research has shown this to be quite rare.

historical usage of Latin@

See Latinx.
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