or la·ti·no

[luh-tee-noh, la-]


of or relating to people of Latin-American descent: Latino business owners;Latino audiences;the Latino community;Latino immigrants.

noun, plural La·ti·nos.

a person of Latin-American descent: a growing population of Latinos in the United States.

Compare Hispanic.See also Latina.

Origin of Latino

1945–50, Americanism; < American Spanish, special use of Spanish latino Latin, perhaps by ellipsis from latinoamericano Latin-American Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for latino

Contemporary Examples of latino

Historical Examples of latino

  • This led to a controversy with Latino Latini during which Mercatus published another volume on the obelisks.

    The Popes and Science

    James J. Walsh

  • We, speak Latino more—Vellem ostenderes quare hi non profligaverint illos?

  • And this done, the said Cardinal Latino returned to Romagna to his legation with great honour.

    Villani's Chronicle

    Giovanni Villani

  • He was Latino, good looking, like a movie star, bronze skin flickering with copper highlights from the fire.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for latino


noun plural -nos

US an inhabitant of the US who is of Latin American origin
Derived FormsLatina, fem n
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Word Origin and History for latino


"male Latin inhabitant of the United States" (fem. Latina), 1946, American English, from American Spanish, shortening of Latinoamericano "Latin-American" (see Latin America). As an adjective, attested from 1974.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper