Spanish

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noun Span·ish \ ˈspa-nish \

Definition of Spanish

1 :the Romance language of the largest part of Spain and of the countries colonized by Spaniards
2 plural in construction :the people of Spain

Spanish

adjective

Spanishness

noun

Origin and Etymology of spanish

Spanish, adjective, from Middle English Spainish, from Spain

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SPANISH Defined for English Language Learners

Spanish

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noun

Definition of Spanish for English Language Learners

  • : the language of Spain, Mexico, and many countries in Latin America

  • the Spanish : the people of Spain : Spanish people


SPANISH Defined for Kids

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Spanish

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adjective Span·ish \ ˈspa-nish \

Definition of Spanish for Students

:of or relating to Spain, its people, or the Spanish language

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Spanish

noun

Definition of Spanish for Students

1 :the language of Spain and the countries colonized by Spaniards
2 Spanish plural :the people of Spain


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