Spanglish

noun

Span·​glish ˈspaŋ-glish How to pronounce Spanglish (audio)
-lish
: Spanish marked by numerous borrowings from English
broadly : any of various combinations of Spanish and English

Examples of Spanglish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dialects in the Deep South—encompassing Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina—are distinct from those in Texas, a large state that’s home to several linguistic varieties, as well as a mix of Spanish and English (nicknamed Spanglish) closer to the U.S.-Mexico border. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 My mother tongue is not my dad’s, and my grandma and I communicate on the shaky ground of Spanglish, neither of us having ever arrived at the comfort of fluency. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 The use of Spanglish, while limited, is also notable. Allison Argueta-Claros, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 An unusual piñata, and a lesson on fatherhood Spanglish is often described in the context of bilingualism. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 Karma’s best friend, Winston (Isaia Kohn), is Dominican American, speaks Spanglish with his family and sports a mop of chestnut curls. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 The aim was to create a realistic flow to the bilingual dialogue, not the token Spanglish heard in some movies and TV shows. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 The Spanglish Eilish and Rosalia collaboration was featured in the Jan. 22 episode of HBO’s Euphoria, the second of a pair of one-hour specials preceding the teen drama’s upcoming second season. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, 24 Feb. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

blend of Spanish and English

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Spanglish was in 1958

Dictionary Entries Near Spanglish

Cite this Entry

“Spanglish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spanglish. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

Spanglish

noun
Span·​glish ˈspaŋ-glish How to pronounce Spanglish (audio)
-lish
: Spanish marked by many borrowings from English
also : any of various combinations of Spanish and English
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