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Syllabification: Span·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈspaniSH

Definition of Spanish in English:


Of or relating to Spain, its people, or its language.
Example sentences
  • When you come to Spain we'll play Spanish music, we'll sing and we'll even dance.
  • They know they will be able to find jobs where they can use their Spanish language and communicate with bosses.
  • Throughout the 18th century diplomats continued to take advantage of their residence in Spain to buy Spanish art.


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1 (as plural noun the Spanish) The people of Spain.
Example sentences
  • The Dance of the Conquest recalls the victory of the Spanish over the Amerindians.
  • In Los Montezumas, the confrontation of the Spanish and Aztecs in Mexico is acted out.
  • The music of these poems remains in the Spanish; it cannot be conveyed in English.
2The Romance language of most of Spain and of much of Central and South America and several other countries.
Example sentences
  • Now the newsletter is hosted on a dozen of sites and is translated into Spanish, German, French, Dutch and Italian.
  • He was a dominant player, and a dominant boxer, and he spoke French and Spanish in addition to English.
  • From the autumn, it will be broadcast in English and Spanish to 35 million households.


Middle English: from Spain + -ish1, with later shortening of the first vowel.



Example sentences
  • The persistence in the popular imagination of the notion of Carmen as the ultimate essence of Spanishness is troubling.
  • The idea of Spanishness has come to evoke Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jennifer Lopez, and support for the common man.

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