plural Hispanos
: a native or resident of the southwestern U.S. descended from Spaniards settled there before annexation

Word History


American Spanish hispano, probably short for hispanoamericano, literally, Spanish-American

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hispano was in 1946

Dictionary Entries Near Hispano

Cite this Entry

“Hispano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hispano. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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