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
From the Latin word hispānicus, dating back to 1575–85. See Hispania, -ic
Related formsHis·pan·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-His·pan·ic, adjectivepre-His·pan·ic, adjectivetrans-His·pan·ic, adjective
"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.