[ luh-tee-noh-luh-tee-nuh, la‐ ]
/ ləˈti noʊ ləˈti nə, læ‐ /
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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See also Latinx.
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@
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