His·​pan·​ic hi-ˈspa-nik How to pronounce Hispanic (audio)
: 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.
: of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain
Hispanic noun
Hispanicism noun
Hispanicist noun
Hispanicize transitive verb

Examples of Hispanic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, Hispanic children had the highest percentage of reporting previous long COVID and white children had the highest reporting of current long COVID. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 25 Sep. 2023 Among the 23 percent who had heard the term, 65 percent said it should not be used to describe the Hispanic or Latino population. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2023 Barroso had been executive sponsor for Google’s Hispanic and Latinx employee group and a program awarding fellowships to doctoral students in Latin America. WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 Today, nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S., or more than 63 million people, identifies as Hispanic or Latino, according to the U.S. Census, and by 2060 the number of Latinos in the U.S. is projected to almost double. Time, 21 Sep. 2023 The Hispanic and Latino communities also have limited access to diabetes education, according to Marina Chaparro, RD, CDE, a pediatric dietitian and founder of Nutrichicos. Caitlin Pagán, Verywell Health, 21 Sep. 2023 The Hispanic community has always embodied that ideal. Jack Birle, Washington Examiner, 21 Sep. 2023 As Modelo Especial’s marketing team worked through the final stages of scripting a commercial about a Hispanic matriarch making tortillas from scratch with her granddaughter, company lawyers had a note. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2023 Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely to have food allergies than their White colleagues, with the one exception being wheat allergy, which is most prevalent in White people. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin hispanicus, from Hispania Iberian Peninsula, Spain

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hispanic was in 1584

Dictionary Entries Near Hispanic

Cite this Entry

“Hispanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hispanic. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


His·​pan·​ic his-ˈpan-ik How to pronounce Hispanic (audio)
: of or relating to the people, culture, or speech of Spain or of Spain and Portugal
: of, relating to, or being a person living in the U.S. from or whose ancestors were from Latin America
Hispanic noun
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