a person of Latin American descent living in the U.S.
a person of Spanish descent living in the U.S.
a native or inhabitant of a Spanish American country.
noting or relating to the parts of America where Spanish is the prevailing language.
of or relating to the natives or inhabitants of Spanish America, especially those of Spanish descent.
of or relating to persons of Latin American descent living in the U.S.
of or relating to persons of Spanish descent living in the U.S.
Spanish-American, occurring between Spain and America, often between Spain and the United States: an example of Spanish-American cooperation.
In general, English will hyphenate compound adjectives, but not compound nouns that contain the same elements. For example, members of the middle class may aspire to homeownership in a nice, middle-class neighborhood.
Following that logic, compound nouns describing nationality or ethnicity are never hyphenated (a Mexican American ), but compound adjectives would be (a Mexican-American senator). Some writers do adhere to this distinction and will hyphenate compound adjectives of national or ethnic origin.
However, many style guides make an exception to the rule of adjectival hyphenation for this class of words and omit the unifying hyphen. She is married to an Israeli American . He is an Israeli American entrepreneur. The capitalization of the constituent elements aids in their recognition as a single meaningful unit, and the absence of the hyphen in these compounds minimizes sociopolitical connotations for some speakers and audiences.
Though the adjectival hyphen in geographical compounds meaning "and" or "both" may be omitted, the hyphen is not optional when it indicates a relationship "between" the two elements of the compound. That is, you may enjoy Spanish American cuisine, but the war between Spain and the United States in the 19th century is known as the Spanish-American War. Your neighbor may be an Asian American professor, but if she studies the economic relationship between China and the United States, she is taking an interest in Asian-American trade.
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How to use Spanish American in a sentence
When he left to join the Spanish-American War, Katie kept a picture of him on a locket around her neck.
He began A Moment in the Sun in 1996 as a screenplay about an African-American soldier in the Spanish-American War.
Rival newspaper barons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were even blamed for starting the Spanish-American War.
One sculpture honors those who died in the Spanish-American War.
He gave himself a boyhood as a jockey and also enlisted fictionally in the Spanish American war.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
This type of structure is prevalent in almost all the older Spanish-American cities.
But the Church and her religion is the Spanish-American woman's special kingdom.
It fell to my lot in one Spanish-American country to receive a challenge.
The Spanish-American states, especially until recent years, were nothing but a specie of military tyranny.The United Seas | Robert W. Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for Spanish-American
of or relating to any of the Spanish-speaking countries or peoples of the Americas
a native or inhabitant of Spanish America
a Spanish-speaking person in the US
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