What does Hispanic mean?

Definitions for Hispanichɪˈspæn ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Hispanic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Spanish American, Hispanic American, Hispanic(adj)

    an American whose first language is Spanish

  2. Hispanic, Latino(adj)

    related to a Spanish-speaking people or culture

    "the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly"


  1. Hispanic(Noun)

    A Spanish-speaking person.

  2. Hispanic(Noun)

    A person residing in the United States, Latin America or worldwide of Spanish ancestry

  3. Hispanic(Noun)

    a mestizo.

  4. Hispanic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to Spain

  5. Hispanic(Adjective)

    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.

  6. Hispanic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Iberian peninsula, its people, its culture or its languages.

  7. Hispanic(Adjective)


  8. Origin: From Hispania the name for present-day Spain

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hispanic(adj)

    of or pertaining to Spain or its language; as, Hispanic words

  2. Origin: [L. Hispanicus.]


  1. Hispanic

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hispanic

    his-pan′ik, adj. Spanish.—adv. Hispan′ically.—vs.t. Hispan′icise, Hispan′iolise, to render Spanish.—n. Hispan′icism, a Spanish phrase. [L. Hispania, Spain.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hispanic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hispanic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Catherine Frazier:

    Hispanic outreach is going to be very important to him.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    She's very Mexican and very proud to be Mexican, we eat Mexican food at home, our children are Hispanic, and yes the Hispanic influence is important.

  3. Spencer Klein:

    It played to a very diverse audience, and in Hispanic markets was well above the norm, this diversity is a very good indication for long-term playability.

  4. Guzman Carriquiry:

    They want to remove the only Hispanic there, exactly when the first Hispanic pope in history will canonize him. That would not be an extraordinary welcome in a land that puts itself forward as an example of multi-cultural tolerance.

  5. Jesse Louis Jackson:

    The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the Native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt.

Images & Illustrations of Hispanic


Find a translation for the Hispanic definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these Hispanic definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"Hispanic." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 28 Mar. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/Hispanic>.

Are we missing a good definition for Hispanic? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for Hispanic:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.