[ span-ish ]
/ ˈspæn ɪʃ /


of or relating to Spain, its people, or their language.


the Spanish people collectively.
a Romance language, the language of Spain, standard also in most of Latin America except Brazil. Abbreviation: Sp, Sp.

Origin of Spanish

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at Spain, -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for spanish

/ (ˈspænɪʃ) /


the official language of Spain, Mexico, and most countries of South and Central America except Brazil: also spoken in Africa, the Far East, and elsewhere. It is the native language of approximately 200 million people throughout the world. Spanish is an Indo-European language belonging to the Romance group
the Spanish (functioning as plural) Spaniards collectively


of or relating to the Spanish language or its speakers
of or relating to Spain or Spaniards
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