- The definition of Hispanic is relating to Spanish-speaking culture or people.
An example of something Hispanic is the food of Spain.
- Hispanic is defined as a Spanish-speaking person who lives in the U.S. and comes from Portugal, Spain or Latin America, or someone of this descent.
An example of a Hispanic is Enrique Iglesias.
- Spanish or Spanish-and-Portuguese
- of or relating to Hispanics
Origin of HispanicClassical Latin Hispanicus
- Of or relating to Spain or Spanish-speaking Latin America.
- Of or relating to a Spanish-speaking people or culture.
- A Spanish-speaking person.
- A US citizen or resident of Latin-American or Spanish ancestry.
Origin of HispanicLatin Hispanicus, from Hispania, Spain. Usage Note: Though often used interchangeably in American English, Hispanic and Latino are not identical terms. Hispanic, from the Latin word for “Spain,” has the broader reference, potentially encompassing all Spanish-speaking peoples in both hemispheres and emphasizing the common denominator of language among communities that might sometimes seem to have little else in common. Latino—which in Spanish means “Latin” but which as an English word is probably a shortening of the Spanish word latinoamericano—refers more exclusively to persons or communities of Latin American origin. Of the two, only Hispanic can be used in referring to Spain and its history and culture. In practice, however, this distinction is of little significance when referring to Spanish-speaking residents of the United States, most of whom are of Latin American origin and can theoretically be called by either word. • A more important distinction concerns the sociopolitical divide between Latino and Hispanic in American usage. For a certain segment of the Spanish-speaking population, Latino is a term of ethnic pride and Hispanic a label that borders on the offensive. According to this view, Hispanic lacks the authenticity of Latino, with its Spanish sound and its ability to show the feminine form Latina when used of women. And Hispanic, tied etymologically to Spain rather than the Americas, is sometimes held to be associated with conquest and colonization, whereas Latino evokes the broad mix of Latin American peoples. While these views are strongly held by some, they are by no means universal, and the division in usage seems as related to geography as it is to politics, with Latino widely preferred in California and Hispanic the more usual term in Florida and Texas. Even in these regions, however, usage is often mixed, and it is not uncommon to find both terms used by the same writer or speaker. See Usage Note at Chicano.