Latino

or la·ti·no

[ luh-tee-noh, la- ]
/ ləˈti noʊ, læ- /
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adjective

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

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British Dictionary definitions for latino

Latino

/ (læˈtiːnəʊ) /

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

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.

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