Definition of Hispanic in English:

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Pronunciation: /hiˈspanik/


1Relating to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries, especially those of Latin America.
Example sentences
  • We've seen things from Vanuatu, the Hispanic crosses in South America.
  • Many immigrants moved either back to Spain or to another Hispanic country.
  • There has been less class conflict in Honduras than in the other Hispanic Central American countries.
1.1Relating to Spanish-speaking people or their culture, especially in the US.
Example sentences
  • After all, the ethnic composition of the areas served by the clubs is heavily Hispanic, and summer camp is not part of the Hispanic culture.
  • The influx of Cubans into Florida beginning in 1960 turned the Miami-Dade County area into a centre of Hispanic language and culture.
  • Recently, it launched a monthly section called Tempo that niftily reports on Hispanic culture in the city.


A Spanish-speaking person living in the US, especially one of Latin American descent.
Example sentences
  • Riley says that few of those students are Hispanics or African Americans and he wants to see the numbers doubled.
  • African Americans and Hispanics shared the belief that education would help reduce the stigma.
  • In the United States, among Hispanics, Mexican Americans have the lowest rate of asthma.


In US English, Hispanic is the standard accepted term when referring to Spanish-speaking people living in the US. Other, more specific, terms such as Latino (for people of Latin American descent) and Chicano (for those of Mexican descent) are also used where occasion demands. With these words of Spanish origin, the feminine forms Latina and Chicana should be used when referring to women or girls. The masculine forms (with -o) are used when referring to both sexes together, or to men or boys. See also Chicano (usage).



Pronunciation: /hiˈspaniˌsīz/
Example sentences
  • Later he Hispanicized his name, changing ‘James’ into ‘Santiago.’
  • Chamorro culture is deeply Hispanicized with over-tones of American individualism.
  • Today Galician sounds more like Portuguese than Spanish, even if its grammar and vocabulary have become increasingly Hispanicised.


From Latin Hispanicus, from Hispania 'Spain'.

Words that rhyme with Hispanic

aldermanic, botanic, Brahmanic, Britannic, epiphanic, galvanic, Germanic, interoceanic, Koranic, manganic, manic, mechanic, messianic, oceanic, organic, panic, Puranic, Romanic, satanic, shamanic, talismanic, titanic, transoceanic, tympanic, volcanic

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Syllabification: His·pan·ic

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