What does latino mean?

Definitions for latino
ləˈti noʊ, læ-lati·no

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Latin American, Latinonoun

    a native of Latin America

  2. Latinoadjective

    an artificial language based on words common to the Romance languages

  3. Hispanic, Latinoadjective

    related to a Spanish-speaking people or culture

    "the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly"


  1. Latinonoun

    A person from Latin America.

  2. Latinonoun

    A person residing in the United States, who is of Latin American descent.

    Latinos have quickly become the largest ethnic minority in the United States.

  3. Latinoadjective

    Of Latin American descent.

  4. Etymology: From latino, from latinoamericano (Latin American), from latinus (pertaining to Latium, the region of Italy around Rome), possibly from Proto-Indo-European base *stela- (to spread, to extend, hence flat country as opposed to mountainous).


  1. latino

    Latino is a person who is from, or a descendant of someone from, Latin America - a region of the Americas where Romance languages like Spanish, Portuguese, and French are primarily spoken. The term is often used in the United States to refer to people with cultural ties to Latin America, including those from Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. It is important to note that Latino is not a racial category, but an ethnic one, and includes people of various racial backgrounds.


  1. Latino

    Latino is a term used chiefly in the United States to refer to people of Latin American extraction or descent, though the term has also been incorrectly used as a synonym for Hispanic. Hispanic is a narrower term which only refers to persons of Spanish-speaking origin or ancestry, while "Latino" is more frequently used to refer more generally to anyone of Latin American origin or ancestry, including Brazilians. The term latino is used to refer to males only or a combination of males and females in a group, whereas the term Latina is used to refer to females only. The U.S. Government has defined Hispanic or Latino persons as being "persons who trace their origin or descent to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central and South America, and other Spanish cultures." The United States Census uses the ethnonym Hispanic or Latino to refer to "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." The Census Bureau also explains that "[o]rigin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s ancestors before their arrival in the United States. People who identify their origin as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be of any race." The AP Stylebook's recommended usage of Latino includes not only persons of Spanish-speaking ancestry, but also more generally includes persons "from -- or whose ancestors were from -- . . . Latin America, including Brazilians."

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latino is ranked #19852 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Latino surname appeared 1,354 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Latino.

    84.4% or 1,143 total occurrences were White.
    13.2% or 179 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for latino »

  1. lation

  2. talion

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of latino in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of latino in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of latino in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    I worked hard here in Texas on the Latino vote by showing respect and my language was not one of alienation but one of welcome and unity, jeb's gon na do better than that.

  2. Joaquin Castro:

    I know there's special meaning for the Latino community that I'm running for president. ... I'm proud of my background. I do think that there's going to be special meaning in my candidacy, but I'm also aware that I have to have policy proposals and a vision that includes everybody.

  3. Rita Moreno:

    It's like you can never do right it seems, this is the man who literally has brought Latino-ness and Puerto Rican-ness to America. I couldn't do it. I mean, I would love to say I did, but I couldn't. Lin-Manuel has done that, really single-handedly, and I'm thrilled to pieces, and I'm proud that he produced my documentary.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    What I meant by that is I think many white people are not aware of the kinds of pressures and the kind of police oppression that sometimes takes place within the African-American community, i don't want to be lectured about talking about poverty whether it's white, black, Latino. Nobody in this campaign has talked about it more, nobody in this campaign cycle has proposed more specific ideas on how to address poverty.

  5. Tom Lopach:

    We need to be reaching out and talking to Latino voters, young voters, African American voters constantly, it can't be just a quick hit in a presidential election year and then walk away. We need to ensure that African American voters feel connected to African American voters democracy.

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