Hispanic

adjective His·pan·ic \ hi-ˈspa-nik \

Definition of Hispanic

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

Hispanic

noun

Hispanicism

play \hi-ˈspa-nə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Hispanicist

play \hi-ˈspa-nə-sist\ noun

Hispanicize

play \hi-ˈspa-nə-ˌsīz\ transitive verb

Origin and Etymology of hispanic

Latin hispanicus, from Hispania Iberian Peninsula, Spain

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HISPANIC Defined for English Language Learners

Hispanic

adjective

Definition of Hispanic for English Language Learners

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


HISPANIC Defined for Kids

1

Hispanic

adjective His·pan·ic \ hi-ˈspan-ik \

Definition of Hispanic for Students

:of or relating to people of Latin-American origin

2

Hispanic

noun

Definition of Hispanic for Students

:a person of Latin-American origin


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