His·​pan·​ic | \ hi-ˈspa-nik How to pronounce Hispanic (audio) \

Definition of Hispanic

1 : of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent and especially of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin living in the U.S.
2 : of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain

Other Words from Hispanic

Hispanic noun
Hispanicism \ hi-​ˈspa-​nə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce Hispanicism (audio) \ noun
Hispanicist \ hi-​ˈspa-​nə-​sist How to pronounce Hispanicist (audio) \ noun
Hispanicize \ hi-​ˈspa-​nə-​ˌsīz How to pronounce Hispanicize (audio) \ transitive verb

First Known Use of Hispanic

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Hispanic

Latin hispanicus, from Hispania Iberian Peninsula, Spain

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The first known use of Hispanic was in 1584

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“Hispanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hispanic. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Hispanic

: coming originally from an area where Spanish is spoken and especially from Latin America also : of or relating to Hispanic people


His·​pan·​ic | \ hi-ˈspan-ik How to pronounce Hispanic (audio) \

Kids Definition of Hispanic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to people of Latin-American origin



Kids Definition of Hispanic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of Latin-American origin

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