Definitions for Hispanichɪˈspæn ɪk
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Hispanic
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
of or pertaining to Spain or Spanish-speaking countries.
Also, Hispan′ic-Amer′ican. of or pertaining to Hispanics.
(n.)Also, Hispan′ic Amer′ican. a U.S. citizen or resident of Spanish or Latin-American descent.
* Usage: The terms Hispanic and Latino have the same meaning, though Latino is more informal. Both terms more commonly refer to a person from Latin America rather than one from Spain.
Origin of Hispanic:
1575–85; < L hispānicus. See Hispania , -ic
Spanish American, Hispanic American, Hispanic(adj)
an American whose first language is Spanish
related to a Spanish-speaking people or culture
"the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
relating to the people and culture of Spain or Latin America
A Spanish-speaking person.
A person residing in the United States, Latin America or worldwide of Spanish ancestry
Of or relating to Spain
Of or relating to a Spanish-speaking people or culture, as in Latin America.
Houses in New Mexico, California and Florida exhibit a strong Hispanic architectural influence.
Of or pertaining to the Iberian peninsula, its people, its culture or its languages.
Origin: From Hispania the name for present-day Spain
of or pertaining to Spain or its language; as, Hispanic words
Hispanic is an ethnonym that denotes a relationship to Spain or, in some definitions, to ancient Hispania, which comprised the Iberian Peninsula including the modern states of Andorra, Portugal, and Spain and the British Crown Dependency of Gibraltar. Today, organizations in the United States use the term as a broad catch all to refer to persons with a historical and cultural relationship either with Spain and Portugal or only with Spain, regardless of race. However, in the eyes of the US Census Bureau, Hispanics or Latinos can be of any race, any ancestry, or any country of origin. The term is more broadly used to refer to the culture, peoples, or nations with a historical link to Spain. The term is commonly applied to those countries which were once colonized by Spain, particularly the countries of Latin America which were colonized by Spain. It could be argued that the term cannot be applied to all Spanish speaking cultures/countries as the historical roots of the word specifically pertain to the Iberian region. It is also difficult to label a culture with one term, such as Hispanic, as the customs, traditions, beliefs and art forms widely vary depending on country and even within the regions of said country. The Spanish and Portuguese cultures are the main cultural element shared by Hispanic peoples.
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